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Top Things To Do in Beirut

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Ruled by Phoenicians, Romans and subsequently Ottoman rulers, Beirut's architecture is an amalgamation of civilizations. Beautiful cathedrals and mosques of historical importance dot the landscape, while the Beirut Central District takes care of all dining and shopping needs.

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.

Bechara El Khoury, Beirut, Lebanon
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.

Martyrs' Square, Beirut, Lebanon, 1107

Hamra is one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city of Beirut. This busy neighborhood is home to several attractions of the city and includes a number of residential and government buildings and offices. Famous universities of the country, such as the American University of Beirut are also located in this district. Also the nightlife hub of the city, Hamra is home to numerous nightclubs, bars and restaurants that stay open through the night. One can also find both high-end boutiques, as well as traditional stores here.

Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon, 1103
Grand Serail

Le Grand Serail is a remarkable landmark situated on the Serail Hill in downtown. The Ottoman monument was built in the year 1853 and is the headquarters of the Lebanese Prime Minister. The Ottoman military-style architecture draws inspiration from the Selimiye Barracks in Istanbul. While the exterior reflects the rich Beiruti heritage, the interiors of the building are equipped with modern amenities.

Rue des Capuchins, Beirut, Lebanon
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.

Zaitunay Bay, Beirut, Lebanon
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.

Bliss Street, Beirut, Lebanon, 11 0236
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.

Damascus Road, Beirut, Lebanon, 1100
Beirut Souks

Located in Central District, the Beirut Souks is one of the most happening entertainment and retail networks in the city. Divided into South Souks and North Souks, the complex reflects the ancient Greek, Phoenician as well as Mamluk and medieval styles of architecture through its alleys, facades and piazzas. From a 14 screen cinema complex, over 200 shops from Louis Vuitton to Stella McCartney and a host of restaurants, the 163,010 square meters (1,754,600 sq ft) of floor space has everything one could ask for. A haven for shoppers, the Beirut Souks are a must-visit.

149 Saad Zaghloul Street, Beirut, Lebanon
Roman Baths

Right in the center of Downtown Beirut, the Roman Baths are an extensive complex of ancient Roman remains. Discovered in the year 1968, the Roman Thermae's ruins are considered some of the most significant and well-preserved. Dating as far as the 1st Century BCE, the four bath complexes, apart from serving their main role, were also used as a social rendezvous point by nobles and possibly even Emperor Hadrian. Surrounded by Mediterranean gardens, the bath ruins are used today as an event and performance venue.

Roman Baths, Beirut, Lebanon
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.

Raouche Rocks, Beirut, Lebanon
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