UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lebanon

Lebanon UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The UNESCO Sites in Lebanon have resulted from the recognition of 5 cultural and natural landmarks as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lebanon and 10 locations on the Lebanon UNESCO tentative list. These touristic sites in Lebanon are acknowledged for their unique and valuable cultural, natural, artistic, and historic significance, and are preserved for future generations to enjoy.

In addition to these 5 sites in the Lebanon UNESCO list, there are many other places to travel to Lebanon that are being considered for UNESCO recognition. These sites, listed on the tentative list, showcase the rich cultural heritage of the country and are waiting for approval to join the prestigious and famous World Heritage Sites list.

To help visitors discover these remarkable Lebanon tourist attractions, we have put together an interactive map of the UNESCO sites in Lebanon.

Lebanon UNESCO Map

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Lebanon UNESCO Map

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lebanon

There are 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lebanon. All of these five sites are listed under the Cultural category.

  • Anjar
  • Baalbek
  • Byblos
  • Ouadi Qadisha and the Forest of the Cedars of God
  • Tyre

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lebanon are protected locations for their cultural and natural importance.


Anjar is a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lebanon, located in the Bekaa Valley in the Zahle District. It was designated as a UNESCO property in 1984 because of its well-preserved ruins that depict the layout of traditional palace-cities during the Umayyad civilization. Anjar was a major commercial center during the Umayyad era and is strategically located at the crossroads of two trade routes. The site is also referred to as Haoush Mousa and was discovered by archaeologists in the 1940s. The ruins reveal a fortified city with 42 towers and walls.


Baalbek is a Phoenician city listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lebanon. It served as a site of worship for a triad of deities during the Roman times and was a popular pilgrimage site. Today, the city boasts colossal structures that exhibit ancient Imperial Roman architecture.


Byblos is a Mediterranean city in Lebanon that has been continuously inhabited since 8800 BC. It is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lebanon and is known to be one of the first Phoenician cities ever built. The city boasts a rich history of civilizations, with ruins such as citadels, churches, and Persian fortifications.

Qadisha Valley

The Qadisha Valley, also known as the Holy Valley, is another cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lebanon. It is one of the world’s most significant early Christian monastic settlements, with monasteries and hermitages that date back centuries. The valley is located at the foot of the North of Mount-Lebanon chain and is surrounded by a rugged landscape with dramatic views. The area is also home to the great forest of cedars of Lebanon, which were valuable in the construction of religious structures.


Tyre is the last entry on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lebanon. It is located in the South Governorate of Lebanon and is known as the birthplace of Dido and Europa. Tyre was a major Phoenician city and one of the largest cities in Lebanon, with one of the largest ports in the nation. Today, it is a popular tourist destination due to its many archaeological remains, such as the 12th century cathedral, Roman baths, Roman arena, and Crusader castle walls.

Lebanon UNESCO tentative list

  1. Batroun’s Historic Center
  2. Temple of Echmoun
  3. Menjez Village
  4. Sacred Mount Hermon and its cultural monuments
  5. Nahr el-Kalb Archaeological Site
  6. Saida’s Historic Center
  7. The Castles of Mount Amel: Qalaat Al Chakif, Qalaat Tibnin, Qalaat Chakra, Qalaat Deir Kifa, and Burj Al Naoqoura
  8. Ancient Tripoli
  9. Tripoli International Fair Rachid Karameh
  10. Ras al-Qalaat Promontory, Ras Al Natour Promontory, and Ras el-Mlelih Promontory

Tours in Lebanon

Our choices of tours in Lebanon are divided into thematic features such as Beirut, Anjar, Baalbek, Tyre, and the Qadisha Valley and Qozhaya Experience.