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If the Lebanese hold anything dear, it’s their pride. A lot of us are deeply patriotic, despite what we might say. Most also love the same places around Lebanon, and use them as examples of how great the country is. Here are 7 places that every Lebanese person is proud of.
Baalbek is an endless source of pride for the Lebanese. It is home to one of the only well-preserved historical sites in the country, the Roman Ruins. Baalbek was inhabited as early as 9000 BCE. It is the site of ancient temples — the home of Venus, Ishtar and Bacchus — and is an archaeological wonder. Don’t miss out on this little piece of history as it was a cornerstone of ancient civilizations.
Another national treasure is the Grotto in Jeita, a natural rock formation made from a curious chain of caves. There’s unlikely to be a school in the country that hasn’t taken its students there, or a student who hasn’t studied it in geography class. This is definitely a must-see place when visiting Lebanon.
This coastal city is definitely in most Lebanese people’s weekend plans. Its most famous asset is the Old Souks and castle in the center. During the day, Jbeil is a tourist hot-spot and at night it turns into a big party, with vibrant pubs and nightlife.
The Cedars of God are definitely the crown jewel of Lebanese identity. The cedar tree is on the flag to represent the country’s history and immortality. The site itself is a ski resort/hiking trail visited by Lebanese and foreigners year-round. The trees are protected by the government and the UN.