Lebanon: Stunning Images Show Beauty of the Middle Eastern Country

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Lebanon is often associated with death and destruction.

But a series of stunning images shows a very different side to the Middle Eastern country – that it’s a land of cascading waterfalls, beautiful forests, mesmerisingly rugged coastlines and even epic ski resorts.

It also captures little known towns and villages and the country’s more famous sites.

The incredible pictures were snapped by Lebanese photographer Rami Rizk last year as he travelled the length and breadth of his home nation.

Rami told MailOnline Travel: 'I have always been triggered by the curiosity to discover new places and their specialties.

'Over the past few years, I began to wander in my own country, and this led me to unveil hidden gems that only a few people knew about.

'I decided to capture the beauty of every place I visited, not only to satisfy my hobby, but also to highlight the hidden landmarks for the locals, with the dream of reaching the world.'

His photographs certainly paint a country whose recent history includes civil war and constant eruptions of sectarian violence in a more tranquil light.

From 1975 to 1990, Lebanon was at war after conflict broke out between Christians and the Muslim-Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) alliance.

An estimated 120,000 people were killed in the 15-year war and almost one million people fled the country.

After it started to rebuild, tourists began to return, but in 2010, the outbreak of war in neighbouring Syria had a knock-on effect on visitor numbers, and they reportedly fell by 38 per cent.

Perhaps Rami’s pictures will help to reverse this trend.

He has uploaded them to his Facebook and Instagram pages and tells MailOnline Travel that he’s on a mission to change perceptions about his country.

He said: ‘The fact that it is a Middle Eastern country strengthens the misconception of Lebanon being a desert.

'The ideas spread to the world by mass media visualise Lebanon as a country of war and havoc, which once again hinders its actual beauty.

'For this reason, I've decided to make it my mission to prove the opposite to foreigners and even Lebanese who have fled the country.'

And his favourite image so far?

He replied: ‘Undeniably that of Jezzine, my hometown, and the place where I was born and raised.'

Source: The Daily Mail