Mysterious ancient ruins, picturesque ski resorts and pretty coastal towns: Stunning drone images show the enchanting majesty of Lebanon
- Photographer Rami Rizk has revealed fascinating images he took above the Middle Eastern nation in 2019
- They show its beautifully diverse landscape from the beaches of Zouk Mosbeh to Baalbek’s ancient ruins
- He said: ‘The images I have taken stand for the Lebanon we believe in and the Lebanon we are fighting for’
The enchanting majesty of Lebanon has been captured in an extraordinary set of drone photographs.
They have been taken by Lebanese photographer Rami Rizk. Last year, MailOnline Travel presented a portfolio of Lebanon drone images he took during 2018.
The pictures you see below are a result of his most recent aerial adventures above the often-volatile Middle Eastern nation in 2019.
They show the beautifully diverse landscape of the country including the golden sandy beaches of Zouk Mosbeh, the picturesque ski resort of Mzaar Kfardebian, Baalbek’s mysterious ancient ruins and the buzzing capital city of Beirut, teeming with people during an anti-government protest last October.
Rami told MailOnline Travel: ‘The images I have taken stand for the Lebanon we believe in and the Lebanon we are fighting for. They have inspired people to become more positive towards the country regardless of the crisis that Lebanon has been going through.
‘I do believe that the perception of Lebanon has reached a new level because people are becoming more reactive to the shots and are engaging with them and inviting their friends to visit the mentioned sites. I hope that this change will keep on going in a positive direction to help people see the true colours of Lebanon.’ Scroll down to discover Lebanon’s unique and diverse landscape…
A stunning aerial shot of the breathtaking Wadi Qannoubine valley in the northeast of Lebanon. This area is peppered with caves and chapels that are cut from rock and is popular with hikers
An incredible shot of central Beirut during anti-government protests in Lebanon last October. Crowds gathered next to the famous Mohammed Al Amine Mosque, which is sometimes also called the Blue Mosque, and the Maronite Cathedral of Saint George
Mysterious ancient ruins in the city of Baalbek, northeast of Beirut. The crumbling complex of temples dates back to the Roman Empire and has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site
A sunset view of the coastal town of Jounieh, which is a city north of Beirut. It has several seaside resorts and is known for its bustling nightlife
The ski resort of Mzaar Kfardebian, pictured, is the largest in the Middle East. The ski season here usually starts in early December and finishes in early April
Saida, pictured, also known as Sidon, is the third-largest city in Lebanon after Beirut and Tripoli. The first residents are said to have settled here as early as 4000BC
The amazing Saydet El Hosn, also known as the Lady of the Fortress, overlooks the town of Ehden. It is located in the heart of the northern mountains of Lebanon
The mountains of Tannourine, pictured, are located north of Beirut in the Batroun District. The cedar forest surrounding the peaks has some 60,000 trees
The golden sands of Zouk Mosbeh, north of Beirut, left. Pictured right are sunseekers topping up their tans on a beach in Tyre, a city in southern Lebanon
Beirut Central District, pictured, is the financial, commercial and administrative hub of Lebanon. The area has undergone massive reconstruction since being severely damaged in the Lebanese Civil War, which took place between 1975 and 1990
The town of Rashaya, also known as Rachaiya, pictured, is located in south-west Lebanon. It is considered by some to be one of Lebanon’s most picturesque towns
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Kamouh el Hermel, or the Hermel Pyramid, left, is an ancient structure in the town of Hermel in north-eastern Lebanon. It is believed to date back to the first or second century BC. Pictured right is the Afqa waterfall, which is the source for the River Adonis, a small 14-mile river
The rugged coastline at Byblos, a city in northern Lebanon. The city has been continuously inhabited since Neolithic times and is a Unesco World Heritage Site
The stunning Faraya Falls in the Mount Lebanon range in the north of the country. The range extends along Lebanon for 110 miles
Lake Qaraoun, pictured, is a reservoir located just south of Beirut. It was built in 1959 and is the largest artificial lake in Lebanon
The high rise buildings of Achrafiyeh, pictured left, one of the oldest districts of the capital, Beirut. Pictured right are people gathering to celebrate the Feast of the Cross on a hill overlooking the city of Jezzine
The Lebanese flag is projected on to the Egg, an unfinished cinema structure in Beirut, during national day celebrations in November
The mountainous Lebanese village of Akoura, also known as Aaqoura, is situated in the Jbeil District of northern Lebanon. It is very popular with hikers
The Jisr es-Sid bridge, which crosses the Beirut River in the village of Mansourieh. The village is famous for its Roman ruins
The village of Deir al-Qamar, pictured, which is a popular weekend escape for those living in the capital, Beirut. The area was previously a stronghold for the Ottoman Emirs
Melting snow trails down a peak, left, and into an artificial lake in the mountainous region of Bcharre, also known as Bsharri. Rami took both of these images in June
The coastal city of Batroun, pictured, is in northern Lebanon and is said to be one of the oldest cities in the world
The historical town of Qab Elias, also known as Qabb Ilyas, pictured, is in central Lebanon. It is home to several Roman ruins as well as vineyards
A road weaves its way along the coastline in Hamat, a village in northern Lebanon, left. Pictured right is the harbour in El Mina, an area of the coastal city of Tripoli
This incredible picture shows Mount Hermon, which has a summit that straddles Lebanon’s border with Syria. The mountain is mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible
- To see more of Rami’s work, visit his Facebook and Instagram pages.
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