Today’s Lebanon is a modern country that still conveys the flavour of the past. Lebanon is a small country, nestled between Syria on the North and East, and Israel in the South.  The West side is a 250 km coastline along the Mediterranean Sea. A double ridge of mountains runs parallel to the jagged coastline:  The Mount Lebanon Mountains to the West, reaching over 3000 meters in altitude, and the Anti-Lebanon Mountains on the East, reaching 2,500 meters.  In between, lies the fertile Beqaa Valley. 

It is in this narrow coastal region that the Phoenicians flourished several millennia before the Christian era.  This is where they got the cedar wood to build their ships and this same wood was taken to Egypt to make coffins for Egyptian pharaos and also used for King Solomon’s temple.  It was the Phoenicians who founded what today are Lebanon’s main cities:  Beirut the capital, Tripoli in the North, and Sidon and Tyre in the South. 

Many civilizations followed the Phoenicians, mainly Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Turks, Ottomans and French, until Lebanon got its independence in 1943. 

 

 

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Today’s Lebanon is a modern country that still conveys the flavour of the past. Lebanon is a small country, nestled between Syria on the North and East, and Israel in the South.  The West side is a 250 km coastline along the Mediterranean Sea. A double ridge of mountains runs parallel to the jagged coastline:  The Mount Lebanon Mountains to the West, reaching over 3000 meters in altitude, and the Anti-Lebanon Mountains on the East, reaching 2,500 meters.  In between, lies the fertile Beqaa Valley. 

It is in this narrow coastal region that the Phoenicians flourished several millennia before the Christian era.  This is where they got the cedar wood to build their ships and this same wood was taken to Egypt to make coffins for Egyptian pharaos and also used for King Solomon’s temple.  It was the Phoenicians who founded what today are Lebanon’s main cities:  Beirut the capital, Tripoli in the North, and Sidon and Tyre in the South. 

Many civilizations followed the Phoenicians, mainly Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Turks, Ottomans and French, until Lebanon got its independence in 1943. 

 

 

“If you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.”  Kahlil Gibran

 

 

 
 
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