Visit the magnificent Beiteddine palace, built at the beginning of the 19th century by Emir Bechir II, who reigned over Lebanon for more than 50 years. Admire the spectacular early 19th-century Lebanese architecture of the Beiteddine Palace with its beautiful structures, antique furniture and fine mosaics.
Commissioned in 1778 by Emir Bashir Chehab II, it was built over the span of 30 years by craftsmen and architects from Syria to Italy who sculpted the palace into a masterpiece of architectural and cultural fusion. Of particular interest are the ornate rooms of the emir’s private apartment quarters, the Dar El Harim, where private balconies provide views of the surrounding valleys and elaborate mosaic floors rest beneath carved marble walls. In the same section of the palace are the Hammam baths, which, in keeping with Roman tradition, feature three rooms of distinct temperature where guests and royalty could relax in the soothing waters.
Deir el Qamar
Discover Deir el Kamar, a typical Lebanese village with its historical centre, souk(market), museum, mosque & churches. Continue your day in Deir el-Qamar, the capital of the Emirs in the 17th and 18th centuries, where you will enjoy the refined tastes of the Lebanese mezze. Next, find yourself wandering through the old cobblestone streets of this charming town where you get introduced to its medieval palaces, governmental buildings and caravanserais.
Qasr Moussa (Moussa Castle)
Moussa Castle is a castle between Deir el Qamar and Beit ed-Dine in Lebanon. The life work of a Lebanese visionary, requiring 60 years of dedicated hard-work to finish. Moussa’s castle was built on a hill between Deir El Kamar and Beiteddine – Lebanon, with the beliefs and ideas of its builder engraved on its stones. The creator of this great work is Moussa Abdel Karim Al Maamari, born July 27, 1931, A.D in the village of Harat Al Saraya – Lebanon and died January 31, 2018, in the village Deir El Qamar. His dream was born when he was only 14 years old, inspired by the Middle Ages that had conquered his mind. He dreamt of building a great castle with his own hands, turning sand into gold (as his mother had predicted).