Byblos Souks: Tradition, Architecture, Leisure and Culture
Built during the Ottoman’s era, Byblos old souks have been a destination for tourists and locals. When the Turkish invaded Lebanon, they built a souk in the heart of the archeological city that was considered the most important commercial center in the area. A Mosque and a Khan denote both ends of the souks, as it was composed of many Khans, authentic shops, and horse stables.
The commercial trading was very prominent in the area and was a destination for many traders and sellers from all over Lebanon. However, during the French colonization, the souk was renovated and lost it’s Islamic identity to a certain extent. Today, the old market is the shopping destination for the visitors of the city, as they can shop for souvenirs, and antiques as well as stroll around the streets admiring the magnificent architecture. Since the Souks are only accessible for pedestrians, the cobblestones streets become the ultimate nightlife destination of Byblos. Filled with restaurants and pubs, the nightlife in the souks is a mesmerizing experience. In addition to leisure destinations, the souk is home to the UNESCO office, public piazzas, gardens, libraries, museums, governmental and cultural centers. It is also a religious destination with many churches and mosques located all around.
During Easter, people walk around the souks sand pray as part of a yearly tradition. However, during the summer festivals, around 100,000 people find themselves walking around every night. <3 The perfect Happy Hour Sunsets from a special spot in the souks that opens up to the citadel! Friday Night, Byblos By night, Spices and herbs shops, Happy Hours, Drinks, Games and history, Souvenirs for everyone! As a citizen of the city, just like any other person living on Byblos, our ultimate pleasure is a 6:00 am run down the streets, an afternoon coffee in one of the local cafes, a wine glass during sunset and all night long party on the streets. Byblos souks are an all aged destination, at any time of the day, any day of the year. The unlimited number of activities serve all age ranges at any time.
Asking around many friends, family and people who visit the souks many times a day, I realized that compared to all other cities, Byblos is the best place they’ve ever been to. In order to reflect the love we have for this place,I believe that the pictures and the moments we share will get definitely speak better.
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