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At other historical sites in the country, different epochs and civilizations are superimposed one on top of the other. Anjar is exclusively one period, the Umayyad. 

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Aley Profile

Altitude: 913m
Distance from Beirut: 17km

Getting There

From Beirut, take the Damascus road toward Hazmieh, Fayyadieh, Dahr El Wahesh, Aley.

Aley in History

Until the end of the 19th century Aley was just another small mountain village, but when the railroad linking Beirut with Damascus was built in 1892 - 95 it took on a new life. The train (no longer operating) made it easy for residents of Beirut to summer here.

Some of the Ottoman governors of Mount Lebanon also chose Aley as their summer residences and the train station was often crowded with elegant passengers and their retinues. With time, Aley became one of the most celebrated summer villages in Lebanon.

Nearby Bhamdoun also benefited from railroad as it developed into a large, popular resort. Sofar at an elevation of 1,280 meters was another stop on the Beirut-Damascus railroad and, in fact, is said to have earned its name from the train’s whistle (saufar in Arabic). Sofar is known for its lovely tree-shaded “corniche” overlooking the Metn river valley and Mount Kneiseh. There is also the war-ruined but still impressive Grand Hotel and many beautiful old houses to admire.

   

 

                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information From the Ministry of Tourism

Lebanese Ministry of Tourism

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