Paris of the Middle East
There are plenty of sightseeing opportunities in Beirut – not surprising when you consider that Beirut was once known as the “Paris of the Middle East”. The newly restored Downtown Beirut has many main sights – including the Parliament Building, St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral, St. George’s Maronite Cathedral, the Al-Omari Mosque and the Grand Serail. There are also some interesting archaeological things to see in this part of Beirut – such as the remains of the Roman Baths near the Grand Serail and the ruined Crusader Castle, just north of Martyr’s Square.
Beirut’s other neighbourhoods certainly aren’t short of sightseeing opportunities either – whether you want to see the beautiful buildings and fantastic Sursock Museum in Beirut’s Ashrafiyeh, or do some sightseeing in the Gemmayzeh area of Beirut with its many art galleries, restaurants and cafes.
Check out our top recommendation in our Main Sights Section for more ideas on sights to see.