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TOURISM of LEBANON

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Archaeological Museum After the 17 years-long civil war, tourism is becoming the major industry of Lebanon once again. Lebanon has many attractions. Visitors can ski in the mountains and then go swimming in the sea after half hour's drive. Other attractions include historic sites and delicious Lebanese food.

Lebanon is still famous for its arts and crafts markets. Hand-made textiles and metal wares are popular among the locals and the visitors.

For many centuries, Lebanon was an important center of the Mediterranean civilizations. The temples at Baalbek, in the northern Bekaa Valley, built by te Romans for their gods, Jupiter and Bacchus are preserved in remarkably good condition.

Christianity came to Lebanon in 335 A.D. Currently, most Lebanese Christians belong to the Maronite Church, which is named after Maro, a saint from Syria. Maronites follow Roman Catholic teachings, but have their own priests. There are many ancient churches in Lebanon which are spectacular and worth to visit.

The Muslim Arabs conquered Lebanon in the 7th century. The Christian Crusaders took control of the country from Arabs in th 12th century and ruled for 200 years. There are many great mosques, churches and castles from these periods to see.



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