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 by armed guards who seem to decide based on their moods who is admitted and who isn't. If you fancy a serene moment among the tall pines and flowering trees, by all means give it a try (the guards are more inclined to let in European-looking foreigners than locals).

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Nearby Beirut attractions

1. National Museum of Beirut

0.54 MILES

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

2. MIM

0.64 MILES

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

3. Beit Beirut

1.17 MILES

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…

4. Sursock Museum

1.57 MILES

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…

5. 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…

6. Mohammed Al Amin Mosque

1.75 MILES

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…

7. Maronite Cathedral of St George

1.76 MILES

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…

8. Cardo Maximus

1.79 MILES

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…