Over the course of its history, Lebanon faced many wars and disastrous events. We should not forget that Lebanon managed to stay strong despite hardships. Whether it’s now or during the ancient times, Lebanon showed the capability of standing back on its feet after falling hard. The Lebanese people proved have proved to the world how resilient they are. Here are 7 things that show Lebanon’s strength!
#1 The cedars of Lebanon are the symbol of strength in the Old Testament
is mentioned 75 times in the Old Testament. It represents strength and longevity.
#2 Beirut was born 7 times
Over the course of its history, Beirut was destroyed and rebuilt 7 times. That’s why it is compared to a Phoenix. The proof of this lies under Beirut where archaeologists found a destroyed Canaanite city wall, Crusader fortress walls, Iron Age shaft tombs, a Roman law school, Roman baths and many more archaeological sites.
#3 Phoenicia was a trading empire
Phoenicians had great maritime navigation skills, so they took advantage of that and built a trading empire. They created nautical routes and were able to trade with countries in Asia, Africa, and even Europe! The exported goods were fruits, vegetables, and wine. However, they were mostly famous for the cedar wood that they exported. In the ancient times, cedar woods were prestigious and only rich people could afford to buy them. King Salomon used cedar wood for his temple. However, they were mostly famous for the cedar wood that they exported. In the ancient times, cedar woods were prestigious and only rich people could afford to buy them. King Salomon used cedar wood for his temple.
#4 Beirut, the Mother of Laws
The law school of Beirut was a center for studying Roman law. The Roman Empire established similar law schools on its territory, but the one in Beirut had the best reputation. It was so widely recognized that Beirut was known as the “Mother of Laws”. The first law school in the world was built in Beirut.
#5 Latin letters derived from the Phoenician alphabet
The Phoenician alphabet is the oldest one. Not only it was a medium that Phoenicians used to communicate in writing, but also lots of other alphabets derived from it, such as the Greek alphabet and by extension the Latin alphabet.
#6 Lebanon survived a huge civil war
If you look at Lebanon right now, especially Beirut, you wouldn’t know that it was completely destroyed during the civil war. The hopefulness of Lebanese people rebuilt Lebanon and made it one of the most beautiful countries ever.
#7 The stability of the Lebanese pound
Despite all the situations that Lebanon has faced these past few years including now, the Lebanese pound remains stable. The efforts made by the Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon Riad Salameh resulted in the Lebanese pound’s resistance, an achievement indeed.