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Zahle

Country
Lebanon
State
Bekaa
City
Zahle
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

The nearest national airport is the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport and is located in the southern suburbs of Beirut within the distance of 100km.

By Bus

Buses are popular and inexpensive and can be stopped anywhere along the way simply by hailing. Never take a bus without verifying the destination with the driver.The fair is for LBP1000 ($0.6).There are Public Buses (are not regular) and Private Buses (are in general better organized than Public buses).

By Ferries

Apart from the international airport, the Port of Beirut is another port of entry.As a final destination, anyone can also reach Lebanon by ferry from Cyprus or by road from Damascus.

Key places to visit
Souk Al-Blatt, Government Serail, Lady of Zahle and the Whole Bekaa Valley, Geha House, St. Elias Al Tuwak, Houch Al Zarani, Wadi Al Aarayesh, Sayedit Zalzali


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Places to Visit

Souk Al-Blatt

Is an old market located in the center of Rassieh, right next to the Church street(which by the way has 8 churches, right next to each other, including the catholic and the maronite cathedrals).This market was used by travelers from Syria, Baghdad and Palestine to sell and exchange their goods. However, today the market has changed.It is no longer tiled, and its shops are not what they were, now Souk Al-Blatt has grocery stores, billiardo places, pubs, and souvenir shops.There have been talks to renovate the Souk Al-Blatt.

Government Serail

This monument is located in the west side of Zahle.The Serail has a traditional Lebanese architecture, which is characterized by window arcades and walled gardens.The Government Serail houses many offices of the municipality.In the past, several rooms of the Serail were used as prison cells for criminals.However, during the Syrian occupation of Lebanon, the Syrian predident Hafez Al-Assad ordered that the Zahalni stop using the Serail as a prison, and he ordered the construction of a new prison.

Lady of Zahle and the Whole Bekaa Valley

Our Lady of Zahle is a fifty meter high tower topped with a ten meter high bronze statue of the Virgin Mary. This impressive structure is located in the south of Zahle (georgraphically) and in the west of the city if you look at it wherever you are inside zahle, and is famous for its impressive views of Zalhe and the Beqaa.The statue of the Virgin Mary is the work of the Italian artist Perrioti. At the base of Our Lady of Zahle is a chapel that can seat a little over of a hundred people.In 2010, a new small Chapel was built next to the church, it was named after Saint Rita.The chapel has its popularity in Zahle,and is one of the most visited universal churches in Zahle.

Geha House

A good example of Zahle's local architecture is the restored Geha House in the old part of town. Although this is a private home, one can easily appreciate its courtyard, garden and arched upper galleries all typical of 17th century architecture.Built by Sheikh Khalil Geha in the early 17th century, today the seventh generation of the Geha family resides in this 24-room dwelling. Other private residences in the same area are the lovely al-Hindi, Youssef Azar and Wadih Skaf houses.These are several hundred years old and also designed with arcades and walled gardens.The Geha Residence Old Serail.

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