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Archaeological Museum of the American University of Beirut

Archaeological Museum of the American University of Beirut is located within the premises of the American University of Beirut and was established in 1868. It is one of the oldest museums in the area and has an extensive collection of archaeological artifacts that were excavated from in and around the region. The display includes Cypriot pottery, ancient agricultural tools, cave paintings, the story of the discovery of fire, artifacts from the Prehistoric, Neolithic, Cenolla and Stone ages. The collection in the museum is available for research and offers educational programs for the benefit of the crowd.

Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque

An architectural masterpiece of Beirut, the Mohammed Al Amin Mosque is one of the most fascinating landmarks of the city. Its sandy gold facade, flanked by four minarets and topped with turquoise blue domes, is a stark reminder of the magnificent Ottoman architectural influence. Formerly, a monastery or Zawiya was present on the site of what is today the Mohammed Al Amin mosque. Spanning an area of 11,000 square meters (2.7 acres), the mosque is a part of the Martyrs’ Square. Inspired by the Blue Mosque of Istanbul, the interiors of the mosque are as breathtaking as its edifice. From its opulent chandeliers, mosaic work on walls and ceilings to gilded carvings, the mosque is a stunning example of intricate artwork. A structure of monumental elegance, the Mohammed Al Amin Mosque exudes grandeur from every corner.

Zaitunay Bay

Stretched along the city's marina, the Zaitunay Bay is Beirut's glitzy promenade bustling with urban activity. The area which was once barren has now been turned into a luxurious display of Beirut's gastronomy, entertainment and culture. From a yacht club, upscale lounges and restaurants to retail shops, the bay has it all. It is also a socio-cultural hub with its vibrant monthly and festival markets.

Beirut National Museum

Established in 1942, the National Museum of Beirut is an archaeology museum that has a vast collection of artifacts on display. With over 100,000 objects, the museum has artifacts that range from the prehistoric times to medieval Mamluk ages. The museum was closed at some time in history due to the outbreak of the Lebanese War, however, it reopened to the public in 1999. Today, a lot of tours are conducted in the museum to make the visitors aware of the history of these exhibits. The collection that they possess is mind-blowing while getting to witness something that belongs to the bygone era is truly mesmerizing. This museum is a must-visit on your trip to Beirut.

Raouche Rocks

Raouche Rocks also known as Pigeon Rocks, is one of the most famous attractions of the city. These coral reefs are approximately 190 feet tall (57 meters), offering a picturesque sight to viewers passing by. Locals use the path around here for jogging or taking a stroll. The spot is most visited around the sunset time, as it offers a pleasant view of the setting sun. What better way to spend your evening, than visiting this set of rocks by the swirling waters and gazing at the submerging sun.

Martyrs' Square

Overlooking the waters of the Mediterranean, the Martyrs’ Square is one of the most significant landmarks of Beirut. Located in the city center, it was named after the watchtower of Burj Al Kashef. Renamed after French and Russian canons were placed, it was established as the Martyrs’ Square in 1931 as a tribute to the Lebanese nationals who were martyred during the Ottoman rule. The Martyrs’ Monument from 1965 is the work of Italian sculptor Marino Mazzacurati and acts as the centerpiece of the square. Bustling with restaurants and cinema halls, the square is being revamped into becoming one of the trendiest places in the city.

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