Photo by Roman Bruehwiler.

Le centre historique de la ville de Batroun is part of the Tentative list of Lebanon in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The historic center of Batroun comprises archaeological heritage from various periods. The site of this ancient city has been continuously inhabited since the Bronze Age. Notable monuments include an unfinished Roman theater and a Crusader citadel.

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Philipp Peterer

Switzerland - 23-Jan-19 -

Batroun (T) by Philipp Peterer

Batroun has one special feature: a piece of Phoenician wall at the coast. This is something I never saw before and worth a visit. It almost looks natural, made of the same material as the shore. It was built to protect the town from tidal waves. The rest of the center however is nothing special at all. There is a souk, some churches and that is basically it. Part of the nomination is a small, but funny looking crusader fortress on a small rock, close to the town. You can see it from the highway on route to the Qadisha valley. Not sure this site will ever make the list.

The town can be reached very easy on the costal highway. It's just a few minutes north from Byblos.


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Le centre historique de la ville de Batroun
Archaeological site - Phoenician Urban landscape - Arabic and Middle Eastern
2019 Revision

Renomination of Centre historique de Batroun (1996)

2019 Added to Tentative List

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Batroun: Centre historique de Batroun (T)
WHS 1997-2024