The High and Mighty Lebanon
The High and Mighty Lebanon, the cedar in Eden’s garden, the flaring phoenix that can never be extinguished, and mother nature’s abode, is and will always be one of the most captivating regions on Earth. Given its exquisite and dominating aspects, it stood out as Switzerland of the Middle East through its dynamic essence and famous semblance.
However, it still has more to give. Through careful selection, we deducted a list of things Lebanon is famously known for, from serving as a hot tourist destination to being the cradler of its own inhabitants:
1) Historical and Cultural Monuments
One of the most important and rich topics about Lebanon is its multitude of ancient monuments that were built hundreds of years ago by locals and settlers traveling back and forth for the purpose of accomodating and colonizing its lands. These historical monoliths stand witness to the cultural and societal diversities of inhabitants that roamed these areas in search of ways to live. The people in those times (mainly Romans) used white granite and rough white marble as their main components to ensure the durability of their ending products.
Alone, they serve as an attractive site for tourists with a thirst for visiting and exploring the different scribbles on ruins and ancient languages and cultures, some of them being the influence of the Romans on viticulture which constitutes winemaking techniques. Moreover, the historical records of the Romans prove that they were prodigious builders and masters of civil engineering.
2) Food? Lebanon!
It goes without debate that Lebanese cuisine dominates most of the elegant restaurants all over the world. There is always a section of Lebanon’s finest and most popular legacies of various dishes such as Taboule, Hummus, and Kibbeh.
On top of that, the dessert section is just appetizing to look at. Knafeh? Lebanon’s specialty. There are endless options of sweets quenched in syrup, stuffed with cheese or kashta, and finalized with sprinkled chunks of pistachios to bedazzle any foreigner or local with a sweet tooth to satisfy. You can check out similar items under Arabic Sweets on Presentail.
3) Explore Lebanon’s Green Side
It would be surprising not to include this on the list since the evergreen cedar tree on our flag is an emblem of prosperity, perseverance, and a national treasure of pride.
Lebanon’s wide landscapes and mountain ranges are congregated in trees and other plants that have an ecosystem of their own. Many animals reside in these niches which in turn develops a symbiosis helping in preserving both the wildlife and greenery. It is pretty common for camping tents, incorporated green spaces, and private properties to hold groups of campers and visitors who have a knack for enjoying nature and sunsets.
4) Museums, Art and Musical Heritage
The Lebanese traditional and cultural heritage greatly resides in our musical and artistic accomplishments. Fairouz rings every listener’s ear in the morning, Sabah is the diva of music, and Wadih El Safi goes by the forefather of the country’s musical culture, and these are just a few. A lot more fall under the category of Lebanese classical artists that gave life to national thematic dances and songs known all over the world.
When we talk about art, we also mean writers. Khalil Gebran and Mikhail Naimy’s writings cover all genres, full of stylistic markers that they’ve created through their unique writing style and embodiment of soul into literature, and what better way to search for soul and purpose other than reading their collections in poetry and prose.
Although not innumerous, Lebanon chose to value quality over quantity. The National Museum holds many exciting antiques and showpieces ranging from graceful paintings to perplexing mummy tombs. The Soap Museum in Saida implants uniqueness through series’ of restored vaults that focus on the history of soapmaking in the old days. Additionally, for a modern twist of colors, the MIM Museum in USJ college displays over two thousand different minerals of conglomerated species from countries all over the world stored carefully for exhibition purposes for any curious and interested visitors.
On the whole, the list doesn’t even cover a quarter of Lebanon’s national treasures and how it exports intellectual and metaphysical value to the world. Through its dynamic social structure, its compartmentalized achievements are fused into three striking colors on a flag symbolizing unification and strength, and that is what Lebanon is about and will ever be.