Beirut, Lebanon

Places to visit

Baalbek is perhaps Lebanon’s greatest treasure.  During Greek and Roman times it was known as Heliopolis, or City of the Sun, though the area had been settled for thousands of years prior.  It was made part of the Roman Empire in 64BC as General Pompey conquered the region.  Construction of the Temple of Jupiter began shortly thereafter, and the city began to grow because of its location on important trade routes.  The temple would take more than a century to complete, and required more than 100,000 slaves.  The entire complex was the largest religious building in the Roman Empire.  I...

Al Omari Mosque
Archaeological Museum
Assembly Hall