Place in the Heart
Lebanon has always been a special country. Despite the recent years
of war, Lebanon's long history, natural beauty and the spirit of its
people give it a place in the hearts of all who have been there
--whether in the halcyon years, or during
periods of crises. An independent republic since 1943.
It is a compact country of 10,452 square kilometers with a
population approaching 4 million.
at the meeting point of three continents, over the
centuries Lebanon has been the crossroads of many
civilizations whose traces may still be seen today.
Its countryside is a place of rocks, cedar trees and
magnificent ruins that look down from mountains to the sea. "Lubnan"
its Arabic name, means "white" the color of the mountains.
In winter the high peaks are covered with snow and in summer
their limestone slopes glimmer white in the distance.
rocky ranges traverse Lebanon parallel to the sea coast, separated
by the high plateau of the Beqaa valley. On the coast are five
famous towns known to every archeologist and school child - Berytus
(Beirut), Byblos, Sidon , Tripoli and Tyre -- the names of ancient