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Travelor wrote a review Jan 2020
Kittery Point, Maine106 contributions16 helpful votes
The “Grand Mosque” is really not the right name. It is a Shia shrine, not a mosque, built over the grave of one of the young daughters of Hussein, the third Imam (or saint) in Shia Islam. The correct name is Seyedeh Khawleh Shrine. Worth a visit regardless of religion if you happen to be in Baalbek. You won’t be asked for ID, but you maybe searched. Visitors are segregated by sex and female visitors are required to wear a hijab (cover their hair) and cover arms. Wearing a legging doesn’t count for modest attire, as one visitor ahead of us found out-The female guards offered her something to put on before they let her in. Best times to visit are morning hours up to 10 am and after 7-8 pm to avoid the noon crowds. There is no fees to enter. Leave your shoes at the door in designated area. If you are given a ticket you are not expected to pay the attendant but you can make a donation. Locals and visitors throw money at the grave site inside the shrine, but it is not a requirement. Don’t film others, but you are free to film or take pics of the site and yourselves without attracting too much attention, just don’t over do it, as the site is primarily a religious site, and definitely no photos or video at the entrance in front of the guards. …
Date of experience: January 2020
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Jurgen B wrote a review Oct 2019
Brussels, Belgium2,450 contributions618 helpful votes
Pure kitsch, absolute pure kitsch, so yes, it goes very well in this country. Just pass by, waste of time.
Date of experience: September 2019
Danks Knows wrote a review Aug 2019
Shoalhaven, Australia1,977 contributions230 helpful votes
The Great Mosque is a few minutes walk from the magnificent Roman Ruins in Baalbek, Lebanon. Baalbek is about 90 kilometres from Beirut but it could take between two and three hours driving by car, due to the heavy traffic, poor road conditions and numerous military checkpoints - you end up very close to the Syrian border. The mosque is a Shia mosque. I chose not to enter the mosque but my guide said it was okay to enter and it was free. The mosque is very much worth a visit when going to Baalbek for the Roman Ruins. …
Date of experience: August 2019
Anne R wrote a review Mar 2019
Lucerne, Switzerland183 contributions19 helpful votes
Due to Friday prayer - we saw the building from outside - great architecture. Definitely worth to stop and enjoy the colours and designs.
Date of experience: March 2019
Ana L wrote a review Jan 2019
Navan, Ireland2,683 contributions1,021 helpful votes
And that is why it's so beautiful, resembling the ones in Iran. The mosaics are very beautiful. Inside there is a small museum about the Hezbollah (quite interesting!).
Date of experience: December 2018