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Things to do in Zahle

Zahle is an important city situated in the Beqaa Governorate in Lebanon. The place is situated a few miles to the east of the capital city of Beirut near the junction of the Beqaa plateau and Lebanon Mountains. The area is known as the "Bride of the Beqaa" due to its scenic landscape, pleasant climate and wonderful riverside restaurants.

Visitors can find many places of interest and things to do in Zahle. The Berdawni promenade is a notable tourist attraction located in the city alongside the Berdawni River. The banks of the river are lined with different cafes where you can find locals and tourists alike enjoying their drinks while feasting their eyes on the scenic landscape. The promenade is open throughout the year, except late fall and winter when the cold winds of the mountain blow through the ravine.


Zahle is dotted with various tourist attractions. Some points of interest located here include Old Serail (Town House), Souq al Blatt, Grand Hotel Kadri, Memshieh Park, and the Karak Nuh. Overall, this is certainly a must visit place located in Lebanon. Visitors can find a lot of interesting places to visit and things to do in Zahle.

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Our Lady of Zahle, the sanctuary

Our Lady of Zahle, the sanctuary

Our Lady of Zahle, the sanctuary in 1958, Bishop Euthym, a man of extraordinary dedication to Our Lady, chose to fabricate a hallowed place to pay tribute to the Virgin Mary on the highest point of a slope sitting above Zahle and the Bekaa Valley. A ten-meter-high bronze statue of the Virgin Mary by the Italian craftsman, Pierroti, lays on a 54-meter high tower, delegated the slope called Tel Chiha. A lift is accessible to take explorers and travelers to a stage with amazing perspectives of the red-roofed town and the valley. The ground level of the tower houses a little sanctuary.

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Caves de Ksara, Winery Tour

Caves de Ksara, Winery Tour

Zahle has a prime position right in the Bekaa valley. With snow capped mountains towering above it during the winter and dry but refreshing air in the summer, the city is a main tourist spot as well. The center of the city spans across both banks of the river Berdwani which dissects it and flows out of the ravine and straight towards the plateau.

It joins the Litani River within 15 km as well. The river was once considered the main source of drinking water for the city and is still one of its most famous national emblems despite being polluted today. A part of it has also been covered with parking lots but that does not mean it is hidden.

The older sections of Zahle lie on the older parts of the town on the upper side of the westernmost bank of this river. If you want to get some shopping done then head to the shopping district on the east bank. Grape Wine Valley or Wadi El Arayesh can be found on the northern most part of town along with some of the city’s famous restaurants. The city lies in a narrow geographical area, so don’t be surprised if you see a lot of slopes.

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Memshie Park

Memshie Park

Zahle is an important city arranged in the Beqaa Governorate in Lebanon. The star attraction in the city is the Memshie Park. The park offers proper lining of the location, it is nicely designed and some of the qualities on offer in the park make it a worthwhile destination. There is space for people to walk, sit down, enjoy their day amidst the flowery arrangements and the stunning picturesque locations on offer. The Park was established as a leisure place and the Memshie Park does exactly that.

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The Churches of Zahle

The Churches of Zahle

The churches of Zahle are stunning sanctuaries of art and architecture which explains the importance of the area. The Sanctuary was designed a long time ago and it was meant to act as one of the monasteries for Christians. There is a network of age old churches in the area which are mud build and offer an insight into the lives of the earliest Christians in the area and how they worshipped. Tourists can take a tour of the churches and take photographs as memoirs.