Tourism is important to the local economy of Lebanon. The county’s atmosphere and ancient history offer plenty. From ancient Roman ruins and castles to nonstop nightlife and ski resorts. Lebanon is the only country in the Arab world that offers skiing and related winter sports activities.
One of the important sights is Anjar. At only 1,300 years old, Anjar may be one of the newer archaeological places but nonetheless it remains worth to see. The city ruins are surrounded by large, fortified stone walls. The architecture is based on Roman design, with Byzantine details. Two large avenues divide the city into four parts. At the crossroads in the center of the city are four tetrapylons.
Baalbeck also counts to the list of important tourist attractions. The courtyards lead to four temples. The Temple of Jupiter was the largest Roman temple ever constructed, but just six of the original 54 Corinthian columns are still there. The Temple of Bacchus is the best-preserved Roman temple in the Middle East. It is still larger than the Parthenon in Athens, although it is smaller than the temple of Jupiter. To complete the temples on this site, the Temple of Venus and the Temple of Mercury can be found there, too.