Old city tour

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The old city area of Jbeil can eas­ily fill a full day’s visit at a leisurely pace. (09 540001, Win­ter 8am-4pm, Sum­mer 8am-7pm. En­trance LL8,000, vis­i­tors from the Middle East LL2,000) is a vast arche­o­log­i­cal site made up of nu­mer­ous land­marks. It’s worth tak­ing a guide around the site to fully grasp the nu­mer­ous civ­i­liza­tions that passed here. Some of the high­lights in­clude a Per­sian fortress (555-332 B.C.,) a main gate (3000 B.C.) with sky­light and the re­main­ing signs of a fire from an Amorite in­va­sion that took place in 2150-2500 B.C. On the sea­side, next to a tra­di­tional Le­banese house from the 19th Cen­tury, are the foun­da­tions of houses from the Canaan­ite Pe­riod. The re­mains of the most re­cent cru­sader cas­tle dates back to 12th Cen­tury B.C. Con­tinue to the beau­ti­ful (09 621448, open upon re­quest,) built dur­ing the 12th and 13th Cen­turies.

The Citadel

St. John Marc Cathe­dral

View from The Ci­tadel

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