The city of ‘Anjar was built by Caliph Walid Ibn Abd El Malak at the beginning of the 8th century, during the Umayyad period.
It stands witness to the Umayyad Civilization. It was the perfect example of an inland commercial centre at the crossroads of two important routes: one leading from Beirut to Damascus and the other crossing the Bekaa and leading from Homs to Tiberiade.
At the end of 1940, archaeologists discovered the ancient city that was never really completed.
Here are pictures of the amazing city of ‘Anjar, that is considered a unique sample of 8th-century town planning.
A management plan is under preparation. The expropriation of parcels of land adjacent to the archaeological site is ongoing to counter urban development and provide a double band of protection for the site: the first being an area where no constructions are allowed, and the second an area where exploitation will be minimal in order to conserve the beauty of the surrounding landscape.