Beiteddine

Bookmark this
December 10, 2010

Beiteddine, "House Of Faith", is Lebanon's greatest treasure. It is known for its palace which was built by Emir Bechir II Chehab. The palace reflects the typical oriental architecture of the 19th century. It took thirty years to be build. It is remarkable for its glamorous arcades, multicolored mosaic floors, reception rooms, harems, hammams and even by its guest house "Diyafa" where passing guests were lodged (French poet Lamartine stayed once there).

Furthermore, visitors were mostly fascinated by the palace museum, since it exposes the Canaanite Phoenician works of art, a wide collection of Middle Ages arms, traditional costumes and Jewellery, mainly in silver. From Beiteddine, Emir Bechir II started the reorganization of his country and introduced many reforms.

Beginning in 1943, the year of Lebanon's independence, the palace became the summer residence of the president. Bechara El Khoury was the first president to use Beiteddine and he brought back the remains of Emir Bechir from Istanbul, where he had died in 1850.

Today Beiteddine, with its museums and its gardens, is one of Lebanon's major tourist attractions. Beiteddine holds every year the Beiteddine Festival where Cesaria Evora, Elton John, Majida El Roumi, Stomp, Montserrat Caballé, Andrea Bocelli, Joe Cocker, Placido Domingo, Kazem El Saher, Notre Dame de Paris, and many more talented artists performed throughout the years. For more information: www.beiteddine.org.

Few minutes from Beiteddine rises the Emir Amine palace, one of the most beautiful hotels in Lebanon which has an exceptional view that cannot be obstructed. It was built for the emir's son, Amine.



Advertisement

Recent Articles

Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas, Water Cannons Fired at Stone-Throwing Protesters in Beirut

Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas, Water Cannons Fired at Stone-Throwing Protesters in Beirut

in Local News

Security forces on Sunday fired rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons at stone-throwing protesters in central Beirut, a day after almost 400 people were injured in the fiercest clashes yet...

January 20, 2020 By Naharnet Newsdesk

Lebanon ranks first in Huawei's Mideast ICT competition

Lebanon ranks first in Huawei's Mideast ICT competition

in World News, Local News

Lebanon ranked the first in Huawei's Middle East ICT competition which took place over the weekend in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, a Huawei statement said Monday. A total of 13 teams of 39 students from across the Middle East competed in the final.

December 3, 2019

Hariri Announces Resignation, Urges Political Parties to Protect Lebanon

Hariri Announces Resignation, Urges Political Parties to Protect Lebanon

in Local News

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday submitted his government’s resignation to President Michel Aoun, on the 13th day of an unprecedented popular revolt against the entire political class.

October 30, 2019 By Naharnet Newsdesk

Protesters Take to Streets across Lebanon over Planned Taxes

Protesters Take to Streets across Lebanon over Planned Taxes

in Local News

Protesters took to the streets and blocked key roads across Lebanon on Thursday evening over the government’s inclination to impose new taxes, especially a tax on voice calls via internet apps.

October 18, 2019 By Naharnet