2. Beiteddine Palace
Constructed over the course of 30 years, the 19th-century Beiteddine Palace was designed by an Italian architect, comprising both Arabic and Italian Baroque design. It was once the residence of Emir Bashir Shihab, as well as a government building for the Ottomans, and the president’s summer residence. While some areas still belong to the president, you can explore the opulent courtyard, intricate mosaics, and vibrant stained-glass windows.