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Ruined Ummayad Palace Complex

This is a whole palace complex built around 714 AD but then later abandoned. The ruins are in pretty incredible shape. The grounds are very green with a grassy undergrowth... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Nicole B
Amman, Jordan
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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a whole palace complex built around 714 AD but then later abandoned. The ruins are in pretty incredible shape. The grounds are very green with a grassy undergrowth beneath some shade trees in one section. Contrast that with beautiful snow-covered mountains in the background, and it is truly an amazing site.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Was a great stop. We spent about an hour with a guide, who is useful to understands the structures and the significance . With the backdrop if the antiLebanon mountains ,make a great visit

Thank PavRao
Paderborn, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped here and spent 45 minutes with a local guide. The ruins may not be Balbeek but interesting. Anjar is an Armenian community. They are renowed for thier beautiful silver jewellery. Due to the ongoing civil war in Syria several outlets have shut but the little shop near the entrance to the ruins is great. Beautiful jewellery to be brought.

Thank kiwigirl81
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

I stopped off here on the way to Baalbek. The buildings of the Roman influenced builders can be easily explored. The bath houses with the ancient mosaics are worth seeing, as well the lines of shops which are on both sides of the roads leading to the palace. Worth seeing, and even better with a guide who will explain the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

The story behind these ruins is one of misplaced pride and extravagance but the setting is fabulous. From among the layered stones of red and white you can see the snow capped mountains of the Mount Lebanon range on the one side and the Syrian border on Anti-Lebanon on the other. The town itself, and the ruins, are largely occupied... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

Seeing relatively well preserved 8th century Umayyad ruins are not very common therefore I enjoyed this a lot as it is not the usual kind of archeological remains that I see, so seeing the layout of the city similar to romans and some of the reconstructed buildings was a very good and enjoyable experience

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

Unusually in Lebanon these ruins are from only the Umayyad period. Visited on a day trip (combined with Baalbek - with Nakhal) from Beirut. Very safe and we had the site to ourselves (a group of 16). Visit the Armenian shop by the entrance for some beautifully crafted silver jewellery and inlaid wood products.

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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

Killing time in the Bekaa but with not enough to get to Baalbeck, local source had us take about an hour here. It is a 'summer resort' from the 8th Century CE. Some restorations of perhaps dubious accuracy. But it is a lovely spot and too bad the government can't afford to properly invest in restoring. Sideline is a large... More 

Thank Alan C
Damascus, Syria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015

The city of Anjar is noted for it’s Armenian heritage and it’s several Roman Ruins as well as some of the best restaurants of Central Lebanon. You find this small Armenian City of Anjar at the Eastern edge of the Bekaa Valley in Central Lebanon. Head towards the signs that indicate “International Border” and just prior to going up a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015

This is definitely worth the stop, but don't go all the way out here if you'r in Beirut; you can get your ruins fix from the nearby Byblos, just north of Beirut. That said, these are nice, and the staff are friendly. There's limited information available, but you have virtually free reign in the ruins to explore and climb around.

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