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The Levant, cradle of civilisation.

7000 years of history leave Lebanon with a rich heritage and a visit to the Beirut National Museum is a perfect start to its discovery.

Throughout the ages, various civilizations have succeeded one another and have marked the country with unique and diverse landmarks, most of which in good condition and open to the public. From the Canaanites to the Ottoman Empire and French mandate, passing through the Egyptians, Persians, Assyrians, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Mamluk, and the Crusaders, each has left a reminder of their time for one to see.


WALKS & DAY EXCURSIONS

Beirut's walking historical trail starts right before Le Gray and takes you around various points of interest around the recently renovated downtown. The ancient fishing town of Byblos or Jbeil is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Beiteddine and Deir el Qamar - power centers during the Ottoman empire - will take you back to XVIIIth century Lebanon. The southern coast harbors the city of Sidon or Saida rich in history, famous for soap-making, and the old city of Tyre or Sour, birthplace of Europa. In the Bekaa valley, Heliopolis-Baalbeck stands proud, defying time with some of the best preserved Roman temples in the world. Anjar, the Ommeyade city on the crossroads of ancient trading routes, is a unique example of VIIIth century city planning. In addition to Byblos, all of Tyre, Baalbeck and Anjar are on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

It is not often that you find yourself in a country small enough to be seen entirely in a few day trips while always coming back to the city for an evening out in town, and Lebanon is one of them.

MUSEUMS

There are also lots of museums to see other than the Beirut National Museum, like the Robert Moawad Private Museum, the Crypt Museum at the Saint George Orthodox Cathedral of Beirut, the American University of Beirut's Prehistory Museum, the Université Saint Joseph's Musée de la Préhistoire Libanaise, the Musée des Minéraux, the Sursock Museum, and Beit Beirut to name a few.

The Concierge is avaiable for any queries and will arrange bespoke trips with private, historian tour guides to make the most of your stay with us. For more information or to reserve, please call the Concierge at +961 (0)1 962 868 or email concierge@legray.com

* Some images are courtesy of the Baalbeck International Festival, the Beirut National Museum and the Robert Moawad Private Museum