Baalbek

 

Baalbek is complex of Roman temples, located in northeastern Lebanon.

These are considered among the finest archeological ruins in the country, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The sanctuaries were dedicated to the veneration of three deities, known under the name of the Romanized Triad of Heliopolis, an essentially Phoenician cult (Jupiter, Venus and Mercury).

Among the most celebrated temples are the ones of Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, and Jupiter, the Roman god of light, of the sky and weather.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
 

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Cedars Palace

Cedars Palace is located in an elevated spot in Al Arz, offering beautiful views of the Cedars Mountain. Guests can enjoy skiing activities and the equipment can be provided by the hotel. All apartments have a balcony overlooking the mountain. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$200 - $2000

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Chez Alain

Offering a barbecue and views of the mountain, Chez Alain is situated in Al Arz in the North Governorate Region, 600 metres from Wadi Qadisha & The Cedars. The accommodation boasts a hot tub. Cedars Ski Slopes is 1.7 km away. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$150

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L'Auberge Des Cedres

Surrounded by Lebanon’s Cedar Forest, L’Auberge offers free Wi-Fi and accommodation with a private bathroom. It has a restaurant with a terrace and barbecue facilities. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$200 - $450

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La Grande Ourse

Surrounded by Cedars Forest, La Grande Ourse offers wooden chalets with free Wi-Fi. It has a 24-hour front desk and free private parking is available. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$450 - $580

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Le Cedrus Suites Hotel

Le Cedrus Suites Hotel is situated in the heart of the Cedars Mountain and Ski Resort. Rooms cater for various budgets and group sizes. The rooms at Le Cedrus feature balconies and are tastefully decorated in warm tones. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$160 - $1200

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Tiger House Guest House

Tiger House Guest House

Located in Bcharré, Tiger House Hotel offers simply furnished accommodations and is a 10-minute drive from the ski slopes. All units are heated and are equipped with a wardrobe. Featuring a shower, bathrooms also come with towels. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$15

$15-
Palmyra Hotel

Palmyra Hotel

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Palmyra Hotel offers accommodation in Baalbeck. The hotel has a sun terrace and views of the garden, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$55

$55-
Hotel L'Aiglon

Hotel L'Aiglon

Just steps from the Qadisha Grotto, Hotel L’Aiglon offers rooms with free Wi-Fi. It includes a 24-hour front desk. Its traditional Lebanese restaurant offers outside dining on its terrace. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$70 - $200

$70-
Le Notre Hotel & Ski Resort

Le Notre Hotel & Ski Resort

Le Notre Hotel & Ski Resort is located near to The Cedars and overlooks Kadisha Valley, just a 5-minute drive from ski junctions. It offers a seasonal outdoor pool, ski equipment and a lobby bar. Free WiFi access is available. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$90

$90-
CentreToni Arida

CentreToni Arida

Located 5 minutes’ drive from Al Arz ski slopes, CentreToni Arida offers free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and a garden. It is a short walk from Cedar Forest and a 10-minute drive from Jibran Khalil Jibran Museum. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$150

$150-
Saint Michel Chalets

Saint Michel Chalets

Nestled in Mount Lebanon, Saint Michel Chalets is located in Al Arz. This property offers scenic views of the surrounding mountains. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$150

$150-
Chez Alain

Chez Alain

Offering a barbecue and views of the mountain, Chez Alain is situated in Al Arz in the North Governorate Region, 600 metres from Wadi Qadisha & The Cedars. The accommodation boasts a hot tub. Cedars Ski Slopes is 1.7 km away. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$150

$150-
Ö Cedres Apartments

Ö Cedres Apartments

Ö Cedres Apartments offers accommodation in Al Arz. Jounieh is 49 km from the property. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. All units include a seating area. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$150

$150-
White Cedar Hotel &Resort

White Cedar Hotel &Resort

Located in the village of Becharry, White Cedar Hotel and Resort features panoramic view over the Cedars Forest and Valley. It offers breakfast buffet every morning, ski equipment for hiring and a sun terrace. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$150

$150-
Le Cedrus Suites Hotel

Le Cedrus Suites Hotel

Le Cedrus Suites Hotel is situated in the heart of the Cedars Mountain and Ski Resort. Rooms cater for various budgets and group sizes. The rooms at Le Cedrus feature balconies and are tastefully decorated in warm tones. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$160 - $1200

$160-
L'Auberge Des Cedres

L'Auberge Des Cedres

Surrounded by Lebanon’s Cedar Forest, L’Auberge offers free Wi-Fi and accommodation with a private bathroom. It has a restaurant with a terrace and barbecue facilities. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$200 - $450

$200-
Cedars Palace

Cedars Palace

Cedars Palace is located in an elevated spot in Al Arz, offering beautiful views of the Cedars Mountain. Guests can enjoy skiing activities and the equipment can be provided by the hotel. All apartments have a balcony overlooking the mountain. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$200 - $2000

$200-
Royal Cedars Chalet

Royal Cedars Chalet

Offering a ski school and ski storage space, Royal Cedars Chalet is set in Bcharré in the North Governorate Region, 5 km from Gibran Khalil Gibran museum. Free private parking is available on site. Royal Cedars Chalet features free WiFi . Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$275

$275-
La Grande Ourse

La Grande Ourse

Surrounded by Cedars Forest, La Grande Ourse offers wooden chalets with free Wi-Fi. It has a 24-hour front desk and free private parking is available. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$450 - $580

$450-

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Cultural
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Extensive Roman Temple Complex

Baalbeck’s colossal constructions built over more than two centuries, make it one of the most famous sanctuaries of the Roman world and a model of Imperial Roman architecture. Baalbek is especially rich in temples. The Roman construction was built on top of earlier ruins which were formed into a raised plaza, formed of twenty-four monoliths, the largest weighing over 800 tons.

The Temple of Jupiter, principal temple of the Baalbek triad, was remarkable for its 20 m high columns that surrounded the cella, and the gigantic stones of its terrace. The adjacent temple dedicated to Bacchus is exceptional; it is richly and abundantly decorated and of impressive dimensions with its monumental gate sculpted with Bacchic figures.

The Round Temple or Temple of Venus differs in its originality of layout as well as its refinement and harmonious forms, in a city where other sanctuaries are marked by monumental structures.

The Temple of Mercury located on Cheikh Abdallah Hill, is a stairway carved from the rock, with only small vestiges of the original site remaining.
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Archeological Sites
Among the key ruins are:

Great Court. This once contained various religious buildings and altars, and was surrounded by a splendid colonnade of 128 rose granite columns. Today, only six columns remain standing, the rest having been destroyed by earthquakes or taken to other sites.

Temple of Venus. This is assumed to be a Venus temple because of its ornamentation of seashells, doves and other artistic motifs associated with the cult of this goddess.

Odeon. Located south of the acropolis in a place known as Boustan el Khan, this ancient performance space is also part of the Baalbek site, and considered among the most spectacular archaeological sites of in the entire region.

Temple of Bacchus (Small Temple).

Hexagonal Forecourt.

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