Once the Paris of the East, Lebanon dazzles visitors with the pageantry of its past amidst the modern. There are modern structures but among them gleam the remains of Roman Baths and the wall of a crusader castle. There is the 1620 Amir Munzer Mosque recycling 8 Roman columns. There is also the modern Planet Discovery. This children’s museum uses all the tricks and technology to engage children in learning science.
There are other incentives to remain in the city. The Sursock Museum (19th century) is an excellent art museum exploring the work of modern artists. It houses a fine collection of Japanese engravings and Islamic art.You may want to visit the Ottoman clock tower (1897) and the Al Omair Mosque to your agenda. The latter was St. John’s Cathedral during the 12th century. It became a mosque in 1291. You can then add a trip to the neo-Classical Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George (1767) and the National Museum of Beirut (1942).