It has Phoenician ruins, Roman artefacts, a medieval castle, Byzantine-style churches and arcaded Ottoman souks; however, its heritage is still waiting to be uncovered. The origins of Batroun, one of Lebanon’s ancient coastal cities, is still not known but is believed to date to before the time of the Phoenicians who ruled much of the eastern Mediterranean from 1,500BC to 300BC.
“There is a controversy over Batroun’s origins. Some say it is Phoenician; others say it is Roman, and others say it dates from the time of the Crusaders. The truth is we don’t know. There is a civilisation underneath the ground that we have not discovered yet,” said Georges Mubarak, an excavator and former Greenpeace activist from Batroun.
In 2013, Haddad left a career in marketing for Adidas at the company’s Middle East headquarters, returned home, sold his car and boat, and took out a loan to open Colonel. “All my life I wanted to live in Batroun, … read more
High up on a sun-soaked deck, surrounded by olive groves, wild birds and flowers, time almost stands still. The hike follows an ancient Lebanese trail and walking it is like a connection to biblical history. The rock seems made to … read more
Tucked away in the sleepy village of Bechealeh, Lebanon, 16 olive trees have witnessed 6000 years of political unrest, plagues, diseases, varying climatic conditions and changing civilizations. In fact these “trees of Noah” are considered by locals to be a … read more