The North claims Lebanon's highest peak, Qornat Al Sawda and
Lebanese Cedars with two important agricultural areas Al Koura : famous for its olives,
and Akkar : famous for citrus fruits.
Descending down to the sea lies
Lebanon's second largest city and important trading port,
Tripoli, a historical legend in its own right.
climate in the North differs widely from ice capped mountains in the
winter to hot humid summers at the sea shore. The North also enjoys some
of the most famous summer resorts in Lebanon such as Ehden, ski resorts
such as the Cedars, and a luxurious collections of first class holiday
beach resorts scattered along the Mediterranean shore.
A Phoenician town mentioned in ancient Egyptian tablets. It claims to be a
pirates’ hideout in ancient times. A visit to its cathedral will prove
rewarding. A few kilometers away is the Museilha Castle, a fairy tale
fortress from the 16th century.
Amyoun The largest town in Koura and famous for its olives and olive oil. It has many
interesting churches one of which is built on the foundations of a Roman
Temple, and another has Byzantine frescoes. In the city's cliffs are the unique
rock cut Tombs from Roman and Byzantine
periods. Balamand Abbey in Koura was built in 1157 during the second
crusade. Sharing its grounds is the modern Balamand University.
was founded by
the Phoenicians 800 BC. Modern day Tripoli combines the past and present with many
historical structures dating back to the Crusade and Islam periods, still standing intact
inhabited. Particularly famous are the old Souks or Khans where tradesmen
still trade since thousands of years ago. Tripoli is particularly famous for its Middle
Eastern desserts and Sweets.
Places of most interest are:
- The Great Mosque, previously a crusader cathedral of St. Mary
- The Teynol Mosque built in 1336, Mamluk example of military architecture
- The Tower of the Lions at Al Mina
- The crusader castle of St.Gilles started in 1100 AD and built upon and enlarged by the
Mamluks and later by the Turks
- Mamluk Turkish baths that are still open for business as usual.
- Bsharreh The birthplace and
resting place of the Lebanese literary prophet Gibran Khalil Gibran.
- Ehden A beautiful mountainous town and summer resort famous for
its restaurants serving the best kebbeh (a delicious dish) in Lebanon.
- The Cedars is a winter ski resort
full of life and activity day and night with hotels, restaurants and discos.
It has a grove of 400 Cedar frees, the symbol of Lebanon. These are the
remains of the once rich forests of cedars mentioned in the bible, and used by
all ancient civilizations for
construction and ship building. Today the cedars are protected by law to
preserve their existence.
- Qornat Al Sawda An easy ascent from the Cedars to the highest point in Lebanon.
- Qadisha valley the most picturesque descent from the Cedars plunging straight to the
coast, where nature has had a hand in sculpturing the mountain sides and rocky cliffs with
a grotto and ancient monasteries in overhanging crags complete the picture.
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