Built in 1895, Emir Faisal Arlsan Museum is perched on a hillside near the entrance of Aley, offering an intriguing insight into Lebanon’s struggle for independence, and the socio-political history of the Arslan family.
This historic and now magnificently restored mansion, nestled amongst the pines in the village of Aytat, was built in the 17th century. It is the fulfillment of a dream of the eminent writer, scholar, intellectual and artist, Dr Sami Makarem.
The splendidly restored Silk Museum in the village of Bsous is Lebanon’s last surviving reminder of a bygone ecological and economic era – a unique insight into the extraordinary acts of nature.
An explosion of images adorns the once drab concrete of Aley’s bridges, walls and walkways – from Arabic calligraphy to cartoon characters, historical figures, whimsical children, Banksy-like stencils and Cubist paintings.
Widely known as Lebanon’s “city of statues”, Aley is home to more than 300 works of open-air sculpture, made by artists from around the globe.