DEIR AL KAMAR

Located southeast of Beirut, Deir El Kamar is unique in Lebanon, a town restored and maintained in a style many centuries old. Shortly after Emir Fakhreddine II came to power in 1590, a chronic water shortage in Baaqline forced him to move his capital to Deir El Kamar. There he ruled until his death in 1635. The town remained the residence of the governors of Lebanon until the 18th century and is considered by many the cradle of Lebanese unity. In the beginning of the 19th century, for security reasons, Emir Bechir Chehab II moved the capital to Beiteddine. A UNESCO world heritage site, it boasts grand feudal architecture, old stepped streets, walled gardens and picturesque corners.

Located southeast of Beirut, Deir El Kamar is unique in Lebanon, a town restored and maintained in a style many centuries old. Shortly after Emir Fakhreddine II came to power in 1590, a chronic water shortage in Baaqline forced him to move his capital to Deir El Kamar. There he ruled until his death in 1635. The town remained the residence of the governors of Lebanon until the 18th century and is considered by many the cradle of Lebanese unity. In the beginning of the 19th century, for security reasons, Emir Bechir Chehab II moved the capital to Beiteddine. A UNESCO world heritage site, it boasts grand feudal architecture, old stepped streets, walled gardens and picturesque corners.