So lets say you’ve got 24 hours in Lebanon and don’t know what to do. Well here is what Tim, Tim’s mum and I did in one whole day. We woke up early in the morning and drove south. We visited two old towns; Deir El Qamar and Beit el Deen.
Our first stop was at Qalet Mousa (Castle of Mousa) which is located between both towns. Mousa’s castle was built on a hill and it was designed by a man named Mousa and was built by himself. There is a story behind it, when Mousa was a student in school, he kept sketching castle and his teacher would scold him for not paying attention and would mock his dream. He actually accomplished it and it took him 60 years. You will find statues of his life story inside the castle.
We later visited a mosque and a church located in the square of Deir el Qamar which were there during the 15th century. Deir el Qamar was a Jewish community in 1638 but is now a community for all Abrahamic religions including Druz.
After resting our feet, we drove to Beit el Deen which can be translated to the House of Religions. I love how Lebanon is able to coexist. We visited the Beitedeeine Palace where festivals are held there and is also converted to a museum.
We later drove around the town and stopped for a meal and headed back to Beirut. I simply enjoy Lebanon. Its heritage, culture and its history.