Be Inspired Arts & Culture Aley - The Cultural Capital of the Mountain

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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.

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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.

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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. This labour of love is the work of philanthropists, George and Alexandra Asseily.

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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.

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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. This unique initiative was the the result of a collaboration between Aley’s Mayor, Wajdi Mrad and the internationally-renowned artist, Aref el-Rayess. 

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