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Beiteddine

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
Paid entry

Things to do

Moussa Castle

Just outside Deir al-Qamar and before you get to Beiteddine, you’ll find one solitary castle on the side of the road, perched over the green valley...

Beiteddine Palace Museum

This museum displays objects from the Phoenician period to the 19th century. It includes ceramics, glass, sarcophagi, jewelry, and an impressive...

Beiteddine Art Festival

Celebrating 30 years of cultural variety and ingenuity, the Beiteddine Art Festival presents not-to-be-missed international art exhibits and musical...