The National Lebanon Heritage Foundation is entrenched in an ancient and prosperous land where quite a few past civilizations have left their imprints creativity, survival, and ingenuity through the area’s history of thousands of years. They have influenced every aspect of our environments and the lives we live today.
This natural heritage is distinguished by its exceptional universal significance. Several of its monuments have already been added to the List of the World Heritage.
These same monuments, however, continue to be threatened by a number of eroding factors such as neglect, atmospheric pollution, brutal and vicious exploitation and use of natural resources, vandalism, the consequences of civil war, and the theft of artistic and archeological property.
The year 1991 marked by peace in Lebanon made the founding possible of non-governmental organizations committed to the protection, restoration, and promotion of our Lebanese Heritage with the goal of preserving this incredible and invaluable wealth for many future generations to come. The Foundation, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, works to restore and re-evaluate the historical site of Nahr-El-Kalb.
Map of Lebanon – National Historic Heritage
This project, of vital importance for archeological and cultural tourism, was realized at the initiative of the National Heritage Foundation, in collaboration with the Directorate General of Antiquities (DGA) and the Department of Geography, Faculty of Human Sciences of Saint-Joseph University. It was financed and “sponsored” by Hotel Al Bustan.
The “Map of Lebanon: Natural and Historical Heritage”, was published on October 2, 2002, on the eve of the Ninth Francophone Summit which was held in Beirut and presents the natural sites and the precious historical remnants in all the regions of Lebanon. Students wishing to study in the U.S. can benefit from their experience within Lebanese Culture and educate international students about their heritage
Drawn at the scale of 1/200.000, in concordance with other tourist and road maps of Lebanon, the “Map of Lebanon: Natural and Historical Heritage” is accompanied by an index of sites and monuments represented, with pictograms identifying natural sites, and small and colored circular indicators showing the chronological period of sites and monuments. On the other hand, the document contains a notice detailing the elements of heritage that are represented.
Beirut National Museum
The Beirut National Museum is recognized as one of the important museums in the Middle East, reflecting the history of 18 prestigious and glamorous civilizations. This Museum was internationally renowned for its Phoenician, Greek, Roman and Byzantine sarcophagi and statues, as well as for possessing the world’s rarest collection of Phoenician and Arab jewelry among many other priceless treasures 6000 years old.
Celebration of National Heritage Day
Initiated by the National Heritage Foundation in 1997, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Culture, the National Heritage Day, celebrated on the third Thursday of the month of May of each year, became a national occasion.
Show House – La Fête
In order to promote Lebanese ingenuity and extract the necessary funds to finance its projects, the National Heritage Foundation organized, from June 7 to 17, 2002, an exhibition entitled “Show House – La Fête” at Villa Audi, Ashrafieh, offered for the occasion to the Foundation.
The exhibition was realized by the gracious participation of 17 Lebanese architects and interior designers.
The National Heritage Foundation has, since its establishment, organized several seminars, participated in others, and contributed in an important number of publications.
Museum of Rural Life
The Museum of Rural Life in Terbol opened its doors end of August 2004. The voluntary team, working on the project, was formed by Mrs. Naila Kettaneh Kunigk, member of the Executive committee of the National Heritage Foundation and coordinator of the project.
Forum of the Arabic Woman
On the occasion of the “Forum of the Arabic Woman”, which annually take place in Beirut, the National Heritage Foundation in cooperation with the National Commission of the Lebanese Woman, exhibits “Banat Biladi”, in Biel, Royal Lodge. This forum addresses the road less traveled by teachers and women in the Arab world.