Must-see attractions in Beirut

  • The Beirut National Museum, Lebanon.

    National Museum of Beirut


    Located on the former Green Line, this is Beirut's major cultural institution. Its impressive, magnificently displayed collection of archaeological…

  • Celestine, Beirut Mineral Museum exhibit, Lebanon.



    Under the St Joseph university, this atmospheric and beautifully designed museum presents an extraordinary collection of exquisitely selected and…

  • St George Crypt Museum


    When a bomb fell on the Orthodox cathedral in 1975, the only silver lining was that it revealed these ruins beneath. Though the area is small, an…

  • Sursock Museum


    This privately owned contemporary-art museum is housed in a 1912 mansion located in one of Achrafiyeh's most attractive streets. After a major facelift…

  • Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque in Beirut, Lebanon; Shutterstock ID 658207393

    Mohammed Al Amin Mosque


    Now the city's major landmark, this huge, striking amber-coloured blue-domed mosque near Martyrs Sq was opened in 2008 and has four minarets standing 65m…

  • Luna Park


    Luna Park is a rickety old amusement park, with all the attendant charms and nuisances, at which most Western tourists turn up their noses. Bypass the…

  • Beautiful sunset on Raouche, Pigeons' Rock. In Beirut, Lebanon.Sun and Stones are reflected in water.dense clouds in the sky.; Shutterstock ID 706503574; Your name (First / Last): Lauren Keith; GL account no.: 65050; Netsuite department name: Online Editorial; Full Product or Project name including edition: Beirut Guides app update

    Pigeon Rocks


    These limestone outcrops just offshore are prime selfie territory and a Beirut landmark. They are impressive; one has an archway eroded through it. A…

  • Robert Mouawad Private Museum


    The world would be a poorer place if it didn't host idiosyncratic cultural institutions such as this one. Conceived and funded by jeweller and collector…

  • Aïshti Foundation


    The Aïshti Foundation is a combination of seemingly strange bedfellows. On one hand, it’s a high-end mall aimed at people who have a few grand to spend on…

  • Planet Discovery


    This activity centre and interactive science museum in the Souks shopping arcades is aimed at young children and offers a science museum that's very hands…

  • Horsh Beirut


    The large and verdant Horsh Beirut could be the city's version of Central Park, but opening hours are irregular to the point of arbitrary, and it’s manned…

  • Issam Fares Institute


    The IFI holds the distinction of being the only Zaha Hadid-designed building in Beirut. The structure is distinctive in appearance too: it’s a…

  • Al Omari Mosque


    Built in the 12th century as the Church of John the Baptist of the Knights Hospitaller, this attractive building was converted into a mosque in 1291. It…

  • Sursock Palace


    One of the last remaining Beirut manor houses from the Ottoman era, Sursock Palace stands behind high gates across from the Sursock Museum (the Sursock…

  • Sanayeh Public Garden


    A very well-maintained public park with soothing greenery and water, this has playground equipment for the kids to let off steam, and plenty of paved…

  • Dar El Nimer


    Housed in a gorgeous 1930s villa, Dar El Nimer features rotating art exhibits and an impressive permanent collection including decorative arts, glass,…

  • Beit Beirut


    Conceptualised as a museum dedicated to the memory of Beirut, Beit Beirut started off as the stately home of the Barakat family in the 1920s and was then…

  • BEIRUT, LEBANON - NOVEMBER 3, 2017 - View of the American University of Beirut. ; Shutterstock ID 762685078

    American University of Beirut


    One of the Middle East’s most prestigious and expensive universities, the AUB was founded in 1866 by American Protestant missionary Daniel Bliss. Spread…

  • The Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, in Beirut Lebanon. A view of the Downtown city Centre, the cathedral and some picturesque local architecture in beautiful Beirut.; Shutterstock ID 151525970

    St George Greek Orthodox Cathedral


    This was built in 1767 and is one of the oldest buildings in the city. In 1975, during the civil war, a bomb fell here and unearthed the ruins of a…

  • Saint George Maronite Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Beirut, Lebanon ; Shutterstock ID 764709994; Your name (First / Last): Lauren Keith; GL account no.: 65050; Netsuite department name: Online Editorial; Full Product or Project name including edition: Beirut Guides app update

    Maronite Cathedral of St George


    The neoclassical facade of this late 19th-century cathedral, next to the Mohammed Al Amin mosque, was inspired by the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in…

  • Place de l'Etoile


    Named for the starburst formed by the radial streets of the main square, Place de l’Étoile seems to either be totally empty or rammed with families with…

  • Roman Baths


    The largest outdoor sight in downtown Beirut hearkening back to the days when the city was a centre of Roman law, the baths here underwent a major…

  • Cardo Maximus


    The 'cardo maximus' was the principal north–south street of a Roman city, and you can see the evocative remains of Beirut's cardo maximus between the city…

  • Banque du Liban Museum


    Banque du Liban Museum is an offbeat little stop for a change of pace. The collection includes coins dating back to 500 BC; some of the retired Lebanese…

  • Grand Serail


    The Grand Serail, a majestic Ottoman-era building that has been restored to its former grandeur and is now the Prime Minister's base, is a splendid…

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