Religious Tourism

Explore the multiplicity of religions in Lebanon

 

Lebanon’s religious diversity makes it a unique country that caters to all beliefs whether of the Christian or Muslim faiths. Through your daily interaction with people on the streets, you will discover the multiplicity of Lebanese religions, which all arouse the same values of strength and hospitality, shared by the Lebanese people. This spiritual serenity, which can be found within its borders, is what led Lebanon to become a key destination for religious tourism.

 

A hike through the Forest of the Cedars of God can be one of the most relaxing experiences you can imagine. In the serenity of the Qadisha valley are old monasteries grafted into the mountainside, built hundreds of years ago as sanctuaries for spiritual communities.

 

Three saints have been recently canonized from Lebanon, Saint Charbel, Saint Rafqa, and Saint Hardini, and others were beatified, Estephan Nehem, Father Yaacoub and Father Abou Mrad. For each of those, safe havens have been created, allowing visitors a refuge from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and a space to appreciate the miracles of the human soul.

 

Across the geography of Lebanon, you will find thousands of oratories, churches, chapels, monasteries, mosques, maqams, and mazars for any visitor who wants to tour the Holy lands of Lebanon, which it is said Jesus himself walked upon with the Virgin Mary.

Things to do

Smar Jbeil

Located on a coastal hill in the northern district of Batroun, Smar Jbeil is one of the oldest villages in Lebanon, and was a Maronite refuge during...

Grand Omari Mosque (Saida)

Facing the northern tip of Sidon's harbor, the Omari Mosque is said to be one of the finest examples of Islamic religious architecture of the 13th...

Zouk Mikael

Zouk Mikael, located on the coast between Beirut and Byblos in Keserwan District, is named the City of Peace by UNESCO, and enjoys sweeping views...

Brummana

The town of Brummana, located in the Metn District of Mount Lebanon, is a major summer destination for visitors and locals alike. Built in the...

Bekfaya

One of the Metn District's most popular summer resorts, Bekfaya provides respite from the summer heat with its cool summer climate and the Naas...

Beit Mery

Beit Mery, an ancient town in the Metn District of Mount Lebanon, is one of Lebanon’s main summer resorts and is also known for its international...

Baabda

The town of Baabda, overlooking Beirut from hills, is the seat of government in Mount Lebanon Governorate, and home to the presidential palace.   The...

Vin de Bzommar

Bzommar is an Armenian convent dating back to 1749 and has preserved over 1,500 Armenian, Syriac and Arabic manuscripts. It has been producing wines...

Bekaa

Qamou’ al-Hermel

On a hilltop some six kilometers (3.7 miles) away from Hermel, there is a 26-meter-high stone tower capped with a pyramid which can be spotted from...

Miraculous Lady Monastery Museum

This monastery contains a small museum exhibiting religious objects, old stones and pottery, crosses engraved on stone, agricultural tools and a nice...

Ra's al-Ayn Mosque

Known as “Masjid el-Hussein,” this mosque was built in 681 AD on the ruins of an ancient Phoenician temple, the stones of which were appropriated for...

The Monastery of Our Lady of Najat

It has the largest bell tower in Lebanon. Built in 1720, the monastery is also known for its beautiful icon of the Virgin Mary, which was a gift from...

Our Lady of Zahle (Tower of Saydet Zahle)

Take an elevator to the top of the eastern Tower of Saydet Zahle and feast your eyes on tranquil vistas of the city and the Bekaa Valley beyond. A...

Saydet Zalzali

Zahle's oldest church. Built in 1700, it originally stood at the center of the city. 

St. Elias Church

Built in 1720, it was Zahle’s second church. This impressive structure is also known as Al-Moukhallasiah, and is connected by an underground tunnel...

Anjar

An entire palace-city from the Umayyad dynasty today lies in ruins. The name “Anjar” is a modification of the Arabic “Ain Gerrha,” the name of an...

Nabatieh

Khalwat el-Bayyadah

In the suburbs of Hasbaya is a Druze religious fort. It contains around 40 hermitages, and believers go there every Tuesday to meditate. In the outer...

Mosques in Nabatieh

Nabatieh has two historic mosques: One was built in the 16th century and stands at the center of town. The other is called the Mosque of the Prophet...

Beirut

Grand Omari Mosque (Beirut)

Before being eclipsed by the Mohammad al-Amin Mosque, the Omari Mosque was Beirut’s central mosque. It takes its name from the caliph Omar Ibn aI-...

St. Maron Church (Beirut)

This roman-style church with variegated, Oriental stone arches was built in 1875. It is known for its arcades and quarried stones, and its beauty is...

St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Beirut’s oldest extant church, the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral is also one of the city’s most beautiful, and it’s well worth a visit.   The...

St. George Maronite Cathedral

A neoclassical cathedral built between 1888 and 1894, the interior of the St George Maronite Cathedral was inspired by the Santa Maria Maggiore...

St. Elias Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Neighboring Nejmeh Square, Saint Elias Cathedral is noted for the harmony of its Byzantine architecture and its beautiful Oriental decorations and...

St. Elias Greek Catholic Cathedral

The first Armenian Catholic cathedral in Beirut, construction of St Elias Cathedral began under the Armenian Catholic Archbishop in 1860 and is noted...

Maronite St. Elias Church

The original building dates back to 1907. The church was built on the ruins of a small ancient Maronite church. The yellow-stone church was restored...

Emir Munzer Mosque

Named after Prince Munzer Bin Suleiman, this mosque is also called the Nafoura (Fountain) due to the presence of an ancient fountain in its courtyard...

North Lebanon

Mosques and Madrassas in Tripoli

Tripoli is a living museum, with madrassas, mosques, hammams and souks scattered across the old city, and no visit would be complete without stopping...

Madrassa al-Qadiriya

Near the Ezzeddin hammam, on one of Tripoli’s narrowest streets, stands the Al-Qadiriyah Madrassa, built in 1471. It is the second largest madrassa...

Sidi Abdel Wahed Mosque

One of the oldest religious monuments in Tripoli, located to the east of Souq al-Attarine (the perfumers market) in the Al-Mahatirah neighborhood,...

Madrassa al-Saqraqiyah

The Al-Saqraqiyah Madrassa is in the Al-Haddadin neighborhood and is the best preserved madrassa in Tripoli. Built in 1359, the mausoleum of its...

Takiyya Mawlawiya

Built circa 1619 by an Ottoman governor, the Takkiya al-Mawlawiyya of Tripoli is the largest of the seven takkiya (old Sufi hospices) outside Turkey...

Al-Tahham Mosque

Al-Tahham Mosque stands on top of a souk in the Al-Haddadine neighborhood, and is accessed by a staircase. The date of its foundation and its builder...

Al-Ouwaysiyah Mosque

Al-Ouwaysiyah Mosque stands at the southern foot of the Tripoli citadel, on a hill known by “Suq el-Samaq” (fish market), in the Bab el-Hadid...

Argoun Shah Mosque

The mosque of the Emir Arghoun Shah was built several decades before Tripoli fell to the Ottomans. Located in the Saff el-Balat neighborhood, its...

Mount Lebanon

Our Lady of Lebanon - Harissa

A huge, 15-ton bronze statue of the Virgin Mary, known as Our Lady of Lebanon or Notre Dame du Liban/Harissa, with her arms outstretched adorns the...

Teleferique Jounieh

You’ll see the yellow cable cars of the teleferique overhead when you drive north from Beirut. Operating since 1965, the teleferique takes passengers...

Domaine Mar Chaaya

Located in Brummana, Metn, Mar Chaaya Monastery is home to the Antonin Maronite Order, which was founded in 1700 by Maronite Patriarch Gabriel...

St. Maron Monastery

Maronite monks built St. Maron Monastery in the 19th century on a remote hilltop just outside of Byblos. Over the years, it has become a frequently-...

St. Charbel Church Museum

This museum is situated in the entrance to St. Charbel Church, a medieval church built on the foundations of a Roman temple. Several Roman...

Our Lady of Ilije Monastery Museum

This monastery housed the Maronite Patriarchate from 1120 to 1440. It now preserves the oldest Maronite icons in Lebanon, which date back to the 10th...

Saydet an-Najat Church (Our Lady of Deliverance)

It was built during the 12th and 13th centuries over the remains of a Byzantine church. It is distinguished for its massive pillars.

Mar Yuhanna Marcus Church (St. John Mark Church)

Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Mar Yuhanna Marcus Church was initially dedicated to Saint John, the Baptist. A semi-circular cupola was later...

South Lebanon

Grand Omari Mosque (Saida)

Facing the northern tip of Sidon's harbor, the Omari Mosque is said to be one of the finest examples of Islamic religious architecture of the 13th...

Al-Askari Mosque

One of the oldest mosques in the south, it was reportedly built in 800 A.D., and is composed of two sections, an old one and a newer. The old section...

Saint Nicholas Cathedral

Built in the 15th century (the cathedral of the Byzantine Antiochian archbishopric in Saida) the dome is the biggest in the city and its altar dates...

Qotaish Mosque

This mosque combines several Islamic architectural trends. Located about 100 meters to the south of Al-Qikhya mosque, it was built by Sheikh Ali...

Church of Saint Elias

The Maronite community built this church in 1610 on a piece of land donated by Jalal Eddine family. Today, it is used for other purposes. Its bell is...

Bahaa Eddine al-Hariri Mosque

Bahaa Eddine al-Hariri mosque is an imposing structure on the north side Saida and is clearly visible from the coastal road into the city. Of a...

Bab al-Saray Mosque

One of the oldest standing mosques in Saida, its construction dates from the period when Europeans occupied the city in 1201. Its minaret rises 20...

Al-Qikhya Mosque

An example of Islamic architecture from the Ottoman period, located in Saida’s old town. It was built by Mustafa al-Qatkhada in 1624 and is decorated...