Beirut, Lebanon

Places to visit

Al Omari Mosque

The Omari Mosque is one of the oldest buildings in Beirut.  The city’s original mosque was built on the site in the seventh century, after the Muslim conquest.  Before that, archaeological evidence shows the presence of a Roman temple.  In the twelfth century, it was converted into a church dedicated to John the Baptist by crusaders.  After the Crusaders were finally expelled in 1291, the building was once again converted into a mosque by the Mamluks.  Renovations have continued in the intervening years, but this is still pretty much the same mosque it was in the thirteenth century.  It is named for the second caliph, Omar ibn al-Khattab.

Today it is one of Beirut’s most popular tourist attractions – visited by both worshippers and tourists in large numbers.  Visitors should check with the caretaker before entering.  Tours are available.

Location: Wegan Street, Downtown Beirut

Telephone: +961 3 433 513/+961 3 730 064


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Gibran Museum
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Pigeon Rocks
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Roman Baths
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