Photo essay: Lebanon’s ancient ruins, evoking memories from past lives

There are places that make you feel tiny and huge at the same time. Lebanon is one of those. Walking around, driving up and down the country, from Sur (Tyre) up to Baalbek, comfortably perched on a hill in the heart of the Bekaa Valley, tourists will never cease to be in awe gaping at the fabulous vestiges this tiny country boasts.

Many layers of majestic remains left by different civilizations shimmer seductively all around the country in its archaeological sites. From the Phoenicians to the Greeks, to the Romans, Lebanon, a little like Sardinia, was invaded by everybody, and certainly, its ruins, embellished by my friends’ running commentary, played a great role on the memories I have from this trip.

With so many things to do and places to visit, you should plan at least a week in Lebanon. Check out these Lebanon itinerary suggestions to help you plan a perfect trip.

Entering Lebanon’s ancient ruins of Roman era in Baalbek
Temple of Venus in Baalbek ancient city
Temple of Venus from inside
Columns from the Temple of Jupiter in Baalbek
Temple of Bacchus in Baalbek, beautifully preserved
Again the columns of the Temple of Jupiter from another perspective
Façade of the Temple of Bacchus in Baalbek
Ruins in Tyre, South Lebanon
My friends Salam and Leila, deciding whether we were entering an ancient kitchen or a Roman wardrobe with shoe shelves included
Tyre ruins park, Lebanese version of Rome’s Circo Massimo
Arch and columns in the Roman way in Tyre
Columns lined up along the Roman paved road in Tyre ancient city
Inside the ancient Roman road
Other Roman columns in Tyre, by the sea, making for a beautiful Mediterranean view

  1. Love these photos Angela, especially the one of the Temple of Venus from the inside. Think Lebanon ought to be on our travel list!

  2. Foto bellissime!

  3. Photos superbes, pour des lieux à voir absolument!

  4. Oh nice picture of me!! I just noticed it! :D I miss those fun days of exploring with such a passionate person. Many adventures to come, God willing! Great article and photos as usual, Angela! :D

  5. These look incredible! What a fun and beautiful place to explore. You’ve definitely sold me on Lebanon!

  6. Very beautiful photos Angela – the places look so grand and magnificent!

  7. These photos are incredible. They make a ruin lover like me start looking for the cheapest flight to Lebanon!

  8. Love these photos. I’ll be going to Lebanon next year, and exploring the country’s ancient ruins – especially in Baalbek – is high on the list of priorities for me. Thanks so much for sharing!

    p.s. I read the last sentence as “Lebanese men” and got excited. An idea for another photo series, perhaps? ;)

    • eheh I didn’t really take many photos of Lebanese men, although some were definitely worth a shot. Maybe it’s an idea for you when you go? I’ll make sure to keep an eye on your posts from Lebanon :P

  9. Incredible photos Angela. I know if I ever visit Lebanon I will be in historical awe the entire time.

  10. I lived in Lebanon from 1969 to 1970, in Broummana, up in the hills above Beirut, where nobody spoke any English or French and letters took at least 3 weeks to arrive. Learnt the language, made my own friends and saw all the sites and this just brought it all back to me. Thank you so much Angela. Am now living in Brazil where curiously many of my friends are of Lebanese origin. Strange that.

    • Thanks for your comment, Alison, I’m glad these photos managed to bring you back to Lebanon. And strange also that you now live in Brazil, I would love to move to Brazil myself!

  11. Incredible photos! Certainly a place to think about exploring in the near future, cheers.

  12. Wow fantastic photos! My cousins travelled in Lebanon last year and raved about it but this is the first time I’ve seem good photos of the ancient ruins – wonderful stuff!

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