Beiteddine is the crown jewel of Mount Lebanon. After the Maani dynasty died out in the 17th century, their relatives, the Chehab emirs, inherited the land, which included Beiteddine. Beiteddine Palace was built by Emir Bechir Chehab II, who ruled over Mt Lebanon for over half a century. It took 30 years to build, served as a Druze hermitage, and is a prime example of 19th-century Lebanese architecture. The Ottomans put an end to the emirate reign in Lebanon, turning Beiteddine Palace into a house of government and administration. In 1934, the palace was declared a historic monument and returned to its former glory. It has become something of a tradition for presidents to summer in Beiteddine Palace. Its iconic lion-head stonework, magnificent gardens dotted with glazed pottery and vaulted dars, antique weapon rooms, and museums of Roman relics, rich mosaics, and Arabic calligraphic paintings are open for visits and guided tours that are most rewarding in the summer. Take a leisurely stroll through the palace grounds and glance around the courtyard at the ornate balconies that overlook lush gardens.
In order to reach Beiteddine, you’ll have to pass through Deir al-Qamar and drive past Mousa Castle for about six kilometers (four miles) on the main road.
It opens daily (except Monday) from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM between November and March.
Telephone: 05 500077