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

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...

Jounieh

Between Beirut and Byblos is the coastal town of Jounieh, which has a spectacular bay with mountains rising just behind it.   Jounieh is known for...

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...

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,...

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

Emir Assaf Mosque

Also known as Bab al-Saraya Mosque due to its proximity to the Emir Assaf Serail, the mosque is easily seen from Weygand Street across from the...

Capuchin St. Louis Church

Built in 1864 and inaugurated in 1868, the Latin Catholic Capuchin St. Louis Church is noted for its sandstone facades, rose-colored wooden windows,...

Al-Majidiyyeh Mosque

Originally, the building was an ancient maritime citadel in Beirut and one of its most important strongholds. It was an extension of Souk Al-Tawile,...

Mohammad al-Amin Mosque

Located just off of Martyr’s Square, this massive and domineering mosque, now the most recognizable and iconic in Lebanon, is distinguished by its...

Abu Bakr Mosque

Dating back to 1294, during the reign of Omar Ibn al-Khattab, Abu Bakr Mosque has been alternatively referred to as the mosque of the sea and the...
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North Lebanon

Al-Attar Mosque

Located in the souk area of Tripoli, the 14th century Al-Attar Mosque is one of the largest and most important mosques of Tripoli. Easily...

Our Lady of Nourieh Monastery

At the top of the historic Deir el Nourieh cliffs of Ras Chekka (historically known as Cape Theoprosopon, which protrude into the sea at Hamat, in...

Qadisha Valley

The magnificent and storied Kadisha Valley, also known as Wadi Qadisha, lies within the Becharre and Zgharta Districts of the North Governorate of...

Al-Muallaq Mosque

Distinguished by its octagonal minaret, the Al-Muallaq Mosque is a mid-16th century Ottoman structure near the south end of Tripoli’s main street of...

Madrassa al-Burtasiya

Serving as a mosque today, the Madrassa al-Burtasiya, also known as the Bertasi, was built in the early 14th century and was severely damaged by...

Taynal Mosque

Built in 1336 on the site of what was once the Crusader Carmelite Church, Taynal Mosque is an exquisite example of Mamluk architecture. Situated in...

Mansouri Great Mosque

Situated at the base of the citadel, the Mansouri Great Mosque was erected between 1294 and 1315 on the ruins of St. Mary of the Tower Church, which...

Madrassa Tawashiyyah

Built in the latter half of the 15th century, the Tawashiyyah Madrassa’s façade is decorated with corner stones made of sandstone, and black basalt...

Mount Lebanon

Louis Cardahi Foundation & Museum

This cultural and museographic center focuses on the history of Byblos. It’s located in a traditional house south of the Cathedral of St. John the...

Deir al-Qalaa

Deir al-Qalaa crowns the entrance to Beit Mery and overlooks an exquisite view stretching from a snowcapped Mt. Sannine to the coast of Beirut. Its...

Our Lady of Bzoummar Convent Museum

This convent includes a small museum that holds valuable Egyptian, Phoenician, and Armenian relics. The collection also includes ancient clothes and...

Juliusz Slowacki Museum

A wing of the Saint Antoine Convent was converted into a museum and dedicated to the memory of Polish poet Juliusz Slowacki, who visited Lebanon on...

The Midan

The picturesque town of Deir al-Qamar dates back to feudal times. Particularly well-preserved, Deir al-Qamar is known for its cobblestone streets,...

The Chouf Biosphere Reserve

In July 2005, UNESCO declared the Chouf Cedar Nature Reserve a "Biosphere Reserve" with an area of approximately 50,000 hectares, or 5% of the total...

Cave du Monastère St. Jean

Founded in 1690 in Khenchara, the St. John Monastery held the Middle East’s first Arabic Printing Press with the first publication issued in 1734.  ...

Cave Saint Sauveur des Peres Trappistes

The Trappists at this old monastery have been operating here since the 1960s, but the winery itself is quite new. They make Sauvignon Blanc, rosé and...
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South Lebanon

Al-Barrani Mosque

Built by Emir Fakhreddine ibn Maan II 1634, it was the first mosque outside Saida’s city walls, hence the name Barrani (external). Of Ottoman design...

Saydet al-Mantara

Maghdouche – set back from the sea on the outskirts of Saida, the colossal statue of Mary dominates the steep green hill upon which the village is...

Al-Bahr Mosque

Travelers coming from the port of Saida used to pray in this mosque, which is located in front of the Sea Castle. It dates back to the Mamluk era,...

The Museum of Our Lady Monastery

This Christian museum features a wooden model of the church’s cupola, a collection of lanterns and old pots, big jars for oil and grain, a millstone...

St. Joseph Church

St. Joseph Church was built in 1860 and features beautiful architecture and vaults. It has no central columns and is divided into two parts: The...

St. Maron Church (Jezzine)

St. Maroun Church is on the outskirts of the town of Jezzine and dates back to the 18th century. It was partially destroyed in 1759 and repaired...

Our Lady of Jezzine

Saydet Jezzine or Saydet al-Maabour (Our Lady of Jezzine) is a commanding shrine with a statue of the Virgin Mary at the entrance of the city. In...

Our Lady of the Waterfall Church

Saydet el-Yanbou' (Out Lady of the Waterfall) Church was built in 1796, and includes a valuable icon of the Virgin and the baby Jesus painted by...
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