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The Best Place to Visit in Beirut - Top Attractions to Explore in Lebanese Capital

As the capital of Lebanon, the city of Beirut is home to some of the country's top attractions. Here are some of the top highlights to visit when exploring the largest and most dynamic city in Lebanon.

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Pigeon Rocks

Situated in the sea the Pigeon Rocks are a historical site in Raouche that's considered a national treasure in Lebanon. As a locale nearly every visitor to Beirut explores during a tour of the city the Pigeon Rocks serve are of great geological value. Proving the existence of humans in the country in centuries past, the rocks are also located near the Corniche in Raouche.

2

Martyrs' Square

Regarded as one of the most impressive and significant landmarks in the country, Martyrs' Square was built as early as the 1930's to commemorate those who lost their lives to executing during the Ottoman colonial period. Also serving as the line which divides East Beirut from West Beirut, the monument remains relevant to this day due to the political assassinations that have rocked the country ever since.

3

Al- Nejmeh Square

Occupying pride and place in the heart of the city the Al- Nejmeh Square is another cultural highlight in the Lebanese capital. Having been built after the conclusion of the civil war, the square is home to a number of noteworthy national institutions including the parliament of Lebanon, a museum and two towering cathedrals. A thriving community hub all year round the square which also includes a Rolex clock is also the best place to grab a cuppa or meal in the thick of it all.

4

The Souks

When it comes to enjoying an authentic shopping experience in Beirut, nothing comes close to walking down the colourful traditional bazaars or souks occupying the Downtown area. As a Middle Eastern fashion hotspot, the souks not only include high-end brand and designer wear but also affordable local clothing items and conventional wares such as spices and perfumes.

5

Sursock Museum

Art fans touring the city should not miss the chance to visit the Sursock Museum, arguably the top contemporary art museum in the country. Celebrating the culture of Lebanon, the museum is contained within a historic villa which is an architectural marvel in its own right. Owned by the Sursock family the museum's many exhibits document the evolution of local art forms at their fullest expression. Those based at Oaks Beirut or any of the best hotels in Beirut will find that most organized tours of the city include a pit stop at this venue.

6

Beit Eddine Palace

Hosting a yearly music festival, the Beit Eddine Palace is a space which deserves a visit when travelling around Beirut. Built-in 1788, the palace is a mesmerizing architectural wonder and is home to an intriguing museum as well. The beauty of the palace is such that legends speak of then rulers cutting off the hands of the man who designed the royal residence so it would be a singular creation.

7

Roman Baths

Although Beirut's Roman Baths have not been used in centuries the artefacts remain an engaging attraction and hark back to the days of the Roman Empire when these public baths were full of local citizens.

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