A Middle East gem, Lebanon is known for its sparkling history and its impressive culture and architecture. Sharing boundaries with Syria in the north and Israel in the south, Lebanon has remained largely unaffected by the instability that the countries have seen over years. Lebanon is a nation of broad-minded people and welcomes its tourists with open arms and hearts.
Even before the time that history was documented, Lebanon always had the traces of the earliest civilizations that came to be set up in its region. Somewhere between 1500 and 500 BC, there is said to be an interesting counter-culture that sailed the seas and lived off the land. They are now known and identified as the Phoenicians. Ultimately, the region came under Roman Empire rule somewhere around 64 BC, leading to the rise of Christianity. The coming of the Arab Muslims and the Ottoman Empire conquest are key events in the country’s history. The latter’s rule extended between 1516 and 1918.
Shia and Sunnis have an equal 27% share of the population, making up for more than 50% of the total. Maronite Catholics make up 21%, while followers of the Greek Orthodox religion make up 8% of the total.
The official language designated is Arabic, French is used in official matters, as mentioned in certain sections of the law. Lebanese food is full of novelties, a large portion of their diet consists of poultry, goat and lamb meat, the former in the mountainous regions. From a rocky shoreline to the coastal plains, valleys and mountains, Lebanon experiences an extended dry-run of a summer and a pleasant winter that brings in rain.
A Middle East gem, Lebanon is known for its sparkling history and its impressive culture and architecture. Sharing boundaries with Syria in the north and Israel in the south, Lebanon has remained l...