Where is Batroun? The town is located just 50 km north of Beirut and is well known for some of the cleanest waters in Lebanon. Like most of the towns located on the country’s coastline, the town is also renowned for its beaches and historical relics. Batroun was known as ‘Botrys’ during the Greco-Roman era and is also one of the oldest Phoenician cities. It is highly likely that the town was used as fortress during its antiquity with the aim to alert the city when invaders arrived.
The town of Batroun came under the influence of several civilizations which were introduced to Lebanon on a frequent basis. This is one of the main reasons why the town comprises of so many historical vestiges of Persian, Egyptian, Phoenician and Roman descent (besides others) which are also some of the best places to visit in Batroun.
Once you land in the town then your first order of business should be to see which sites you wish to visit. If you want to glimpse a part of Crusader history then your first stop can be the Castle of Mousaylaha, a relic of the Crusades which is based on a huge rock right in the centre of the plain and ringed by mountains. The castle comprises of two floors and can be reached through a flight of stairs. Similarly, you can also visit the Seat of the Prince which is based in Bahsa Beach but all that remains is a large rock, a door and some stairs.
Just overlooking the harbor of the town lies the Cathedral of St Stephan which is also considered one of the biggest churches in Lebanon. Its architecture is a Roman-Byzantine mix and it was built on an old church in 1910. Similarly, if you love to explore old churches then you will also love the Church of St George which is situated near this one. It was also built according to Byzantine inspired architectural designs and boasts a special dome. The Church of the Lady of the Sea is also worth a visit and is particularly famous for its icons which were painted way back in 1863 by a famed artist.
So where is Batroun and why should you visit it should have been fairly answered by now. If you are still skeptical if it is worth spending a vacation there then it would be a good idea to look up all of the aforementioned places to visit in Batroun in detail and pick those that take your fancy.