Beiteddine Palace is a 19th-century palace in Beiteddine, Lebanon. It hosts the annual Beiteddine Festival and the Beiteddine Palace Museum.
Emir Bashir II of the Shihab dynasty, who later became the ruler of the Mount Lebanon Emirate, built the palace between 1788 and 1818 at the site of the Druze hermitage. After 1840, the palace was used by the Ottomans as a government building. During the French Mandate it served as a local administrative office.
Deir el Qamar
Deir al-Qamar, meaning "Monastery of the Moon" is a village south-east of Beirut in south-central Lebanon.
During the 16th to 18th centuries, Deir al-Qamar was the capital and the residence of the Emirate of Mount Lebanon. People from all religious backgrounds lived there and the town had a mosque, synagogue and Christian churches. The village retains a remarkable picturesque appearance with typical stone houses with red tile roofs.
Sidon, one of the oldest Phoenician cities, was founded in the 3rd millennium BC and became prosperous in the 2nd. It is frequently mentioned in the Old Testament; and it was ruled in turn by Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, Alexander the Great, the Seleucids of Syria, the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt, and the Romans. Herod I the Great embellished the city, and Jesus visited it.