Photos from Lebanon

Exploring lebanon's hidden treasures

Shouf Natural Cedar Reserve

O ur trip begins at the shouf natural reserve, it's the largest nature reserve in Lebanon. It spans from Dahr el baidar in the north to the Niha mountain in the south. The Shouf natural reserve constitutes 5% of Lebanon's landscape and is one of the few landscapes that were described in the Old Testament.

The reserve most magnificent attraction is the Cedar tree that spans an area of more than 400 hectars. Cedar tree lasts thousands of years. The oldest one in this reserve is about 3000 year old.

Back in time Cedar trees were grown for their durable (decay-resistant) scented wood. Lebanon Shouf Cedar was most famously used in the construction of King Solomon's temple in Jerusalem provided by King Hiram of Tyre, Lebanon around 1000 BC.

Cedar Snow-Winter 2011

Re visiting the cedar trees on January 2011. This time the Cedar natural reserve was covered with snow.

The cedar forest enjoy the unique distinction as the oldest documented forest in history. The cedars were important enough in the history of man to be traceable to the very earliest written records, that of the Sumerians in the third millennium BC. In the ancient Sumerian story, The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest pieces of literature in the world, the Cedars feature prominently [wikipedia].

Mir Amin

Mir Amin Palace located in the shouf area of mount Lebanon. The Palace offers beautiful fountains and superb historical experience. It was once the residence of the last Emirs of Lebanon in the 19th century. It has been restored to its glorious past and transformed into a five-stars Hotel in 1965.

The hotel contains 22 spacious suites, each with their own décor and rich fabrics. The hotel is only 40 minutes away from Beirut international airport and minutes away from the beautiful chouf mountains. 20 photos will take you on a short trip around the Palace.


Beiteddine "House of faith " Palace is located in a small town in the shouf area . It was considered an architectural masterpiece in the early 19th century. The Palace features colorful marble mosaic floors, decorated ceilin and beautifully designed gardens. Amir Bashir Shihab the 2nd was appointed to rule mount Lebanon and it's then when he started constructing the palace. He brought architects from Damascus, Allepo syria and Italy. The resulting design is a mix of Arabian and Italian Baroque style.

Today part of the palace is open to the public and the other part is reserved for the president's summer residence.

Every Summer, from July to August, Beiteddine Palace hosts the famous Beiteddine Festival. The festival is considered one of the most significant festivals in the middle east. It hosts performances by world renowed performing artists in the area of classical music, dance, theatre, opera, jazz, and modern world music.

To name a few, artists like José Carreras, Phil Collins, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Fairouz, Marcel Khalifé and many others performed in Beiteddine.

25 photos will take you on a short trip around the Beiteddine Palace.

Moussa Castle

Moussa Castle is a museum with a unique story. It was solely built by one person called Moussa. His motivation in building the castle lies in the fact that when he was a kid he was always the subject of mockery by his classmates and his teachers as he was a poor child and always walked barefooted.

His mom once said " Moussa ! make a wish and it will come true". He said " I need a shoe to cover my barefoot " and the mom said " a shoe? ask for something much more significant !" and he said " a castle" his mom replied " you shall have two castles! ". After his conversation with his mom, he started drawing castles on his notebook. The school teacher saw all the castle drawings and thought that Moussa was an idiot and started beating him and teared his drawing into pieces.

Fast forward many years Moussa never forgot his childhood bitter experience and always wanted to build a castle. He finally realized his dreams after he spent 60 years building the castle with his own hands. A dream comes true.

27 photos will take you on a short trip around the Moussa Castle.

Téléphérique of Jounieh

Téléphérique of Jounieh is a Gondola style lift that transport visitors from the meditteranean bay of Jounieh to Our lady of Lebanon shrine in Harissa. The Cable car goes up an elevation of 650 m in 9 minutes after passing along a steep hill covered with pine forest.

At the destination you will find a statue of the virgin Marry that is made out of 15 tons of bronze and painted in white. From the shrine the visitors are exposed to magnificent panoramic views of the meditteranean ocean and the neighboring cities.

19 photos will take you on a short trip to Harissa via Téléphérique Jounieh.


Lakluk is a beautiful summer-winter resort town located at a varying elevation between 1750 to 2000 meters. It's about 1 hour and a half drive from beirut and 60 km from the airport. In the winter it's skier and snowboarder's paradise.

18 photos will take you on a short summer trip to Lakluk.

Ras El Matn

Ras El Matn is a town in Lebanon located on a moutain top with varying elevation between 800 to 1000 m. it's known for it's panoramic views and pine trees.

Ras El Matn is approached from the capital beirut by traversing the city of Mkales-Mansourieh-Monteverde moutain along an 11km of beautiful windy road. The road cuts through the pine forest passing the Jaramani river and Kortada village.

59 photos will take you on a trip to explore the people and the village of Ras El Matn.

Bread Making

Bread making is a way of life. The following set of photos will show you a traditional way of baking the dough on a hot parabolic iron dish called Saj. Thin and slender pine woods with dry pine leaves form the fire source under the Saj.

The baking process is all natural, using no gas, no oil, only burning materials that nature don't need.There you have it , a delicious crispy bread that will bring you closer to nature.

17 photos will show you the bread baking process in the village of Ras El Matn.

Deir El Qamar

Deir El Qamar which means "Monastery of the Moon", is a town in the Shouf area. It was the home of the Lebanese governors during the 18-19 th century period. This town has a distinct mixture of sixteenth century building and nineteenth century brick houses, and is known for its well preserved architecture, walled gardens as well as its charming streets and corners.

8 photos will show you around the village of Deir El Qamar.


Falougha is a quiet and serene village in Mount Lebanon located away from the city hustle and bustle. It's an ideal summer resort and home for the first Lebanese flag that was erected on its mountain. The origin of the name Falougha is Syriac and means "divide" symbolizing the two winter rivers that divide the village.

19 photos will show you around Falougha village.

Deir El kalaa

Deir El kalaa, located on the highest hill in Beit Mery, holds ruins from Phoenician, Byzantine and Roman era. The Romans and the Byzantines chose this location as a base for their colonies because of its strategic location and panoramic views of the capital Beirut.

8 photos will show you around Deir El Kalaa.

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Dr Khaled A. Taki 

3:47am on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 

Hi can we talk on whats app 9613668445

The new Municipality of Ras El Metn is in the process of revamping this website and will be ready by
by the 31 March 2017 , we thank you for your patience and
you may contact us by e mail
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Dr Khaled A. Taki 

5:30am on Friday, February 10th, 2017 

Dear Karim,as always the
very nice pictures you have we would like to include in the upcomming weboste 2017 , and magazine for REM Muncipality and need tour permission as we are putting together a photo section and hooe to see you this summer
my ... read more »

Roxanna   RVqEjZs8Ail3 

3:05pm on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 

Not bad at all fellas and galsal. Thanks.

Grace   icZQp86O3t 

2:46am on Thursday, August 1st, 2013 

Lebanese girls are gorgeous, I live in a cotumnimy filled with Arabs from different countries such as Egyptian, Palestinian, Syrian, Iraqi and Lebanese girls. I have never been to Lebanon (not Lebanese) but all of the Lebanese girls I have seen here ... read more »

Thana   Y0nZ0kGcezA 

5:50am on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 

Yeah, I know one Lebanese family and they are Christian. And Danny Thomas was Lebanese and I asmsue Catholic. (He founded St. Jude's Children's Research Hospitals because he believed St. Jude helped his lost cause of a career) I had been under the i... read more »

Jannat   WTvwVXcj 

6:28am on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 

Kelly I have been reading your blog since January and I am so blseesd by you!! I was devistated to learn about the tornado tragedy affected your family and your sweet neighbors. Please know I have been praying for all of you. Thank you for shari... read more »

Jose Fraija 

2:44pm on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 

My grandfather Nasrallah Fraiha (name changed to Nazario Fraija once in South America) came from Ras el Matn, to Colombia beginning of XX century. I am wondering if still there are relatives living there so I can establish contact.

Omar NE 

4:17pm on Thursday, February 9th, 2012 

Great site, Karim!

Elielzer Nuayed 

7:10pm on Friday, October 21st, 2011 

It's a good idea live there.

Mohssen Farhat 

7:59am on Friday, October 14th, 2011 

Excellent job including your command of language. Keep up the good work.

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Lebanon, officially the Republic of Lebanon, is a country in Western Asia, on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south. Lebanon's location at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland has dictated its rich, sometimes violent history, and shaped its unique cultural identity of religious and ethnic diversity.

The earliest evidence of civilization in Lebanon dates back more than 7,000 years—predating recorded history. Lebanon was the home of the Phoenicians, a maritime culture that flourished for nearly 2,500 years (3000–539 BC).