Lebanon: amazing images show the beauty of the Middle East

Lebanon is often associated with death and destruction.

But a series of stunning images shows a completely different side than the Middle East – it is a land of waterfalls, beautiful forests, enchanting rugged coastlines and even epic ski resorts.

It also contains little known cities and villages and the more famous locations of the country.

Boats line up at the marina in the center of Beirut. Beirut is the capital of Lebanon and would have more than two million inhabitants

The rugged coastline of Jounieh, a city north of Beirut. Many tourists come together because it is the starting point of a gondola lift, which takes tourists to the statue of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa

The rugged coastline of Jounieh, a city north of Beirut. Many tourists come together because it is the starting point of a gondola lift, which takes tourists to the statue of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa

Boats are in the marina, on the left, in the center of Beirut. Beirut is the capital of Lebanon and would have more than two million inhabitants. On the right is the rugged coastline of Jounieh, a city north of Beirut. Many tourists come together because it is the starting point of a gondola lift, which takes tourists to the statue of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa

The deep blue waters off the west coast of Lebanon in the district of Keserwan, northeast of Beirut

The deep blue waters off the west coast of Lebanon in the district of Keserwan, northeast of Beirut

The deep blue waters off the west coast of Lebanon in the district of Keserwan, northeast of Beirut

The incredible photos were taken last year by the Lebanese photographer Rami Rizk when he traveled the entire width of his homeland.

Rami told MailOnline Travel: & # 39; I have always been triggered by the curiosity to discover new places and their specialties.

"In recent years I have been wandering in my own country, and this has led me to reveal hidden gems that only a few people knew.

People relax and enjoy a drink at The Frozen Cherry Sky Lounge at Club Zaarour, which usually functions as a ski resort in winter

People relax and enjoy a drink at The Frozen Cherry Sky Lounge at Club Zaarour, which usually functions as a ski resort in winter

People relax and enjoy a drink at The Frozen Cherry Sky Lounge at Club Zaarour, which usually functions as a ski resort in winter

A lonely building stands on the side of the valley in the Lebanese city of Bsharri, the birthplace of the influential poet Kahlil Gebran.

A lonely building stands on the side of the valley in the Lebanese city of Bsharri, the birthplace of the influential poet Kahlil Gebran.

The terracotta roof is located in the village of Douma. The village has been part of the ancient Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Roman empires

The terracotta roof is located in the village of Douma. The village has been part of the ancient Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Roman empires

A lonely building stands on the side of the valley in the Lebanese city of Bsharri, left, the birthplace of the influential poet Kahlil Gebran. On the right are the terracotta roof houses in the village of Douma. The village has been part of the ancient Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Roman empires

The sun begins to rise above the clouds and shines over the lush green forest in Bkâssîne, located in the Al Janub region of Lebanon

The sun begins to rise above the clouds and shines over the lush green forest in Bkâssîne, located in the Al Janub region of Lebanon

The sun begins to rise above the clouds and shines over the lush green forest in Bkâssîne, located in the Al Janub region of Lebanon

I decided to capture the beauty of every place I visited, not only to satisfy my hobby, but also to illuminate the hidden landmarks for the locals, with the dream to reach the world. & # 39 ;

His photo's certainly paint a country whose recent history includes civil war and constant eruptions of sectarian violence in a calmer light.

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

Trees are in the foreground of the breathtaking hills in Bkâssîne. One person noticed that the trees almost look like broccoli

Trees are in the foreground of the breathtaking hills in Bkâssîne. One person noticed that the trees almost look like broccoli

Sun rays protrude through the branches of a tree in the Al Shouf Cedars Nature Reserve on the slopes of the Barouk mountain in the north of the country

Sun rays protrude through the branches of a tree in the Al Shouf Cedars Nature Reserve on the slopes of the Barouk mountain in the north of the country

Trees are in the foreground of the stunning hills in Bkâssîne, on the left. One person noticed that the trees almost look like broccoli. Pictured to the right are the rays of sunlight that cross the branches of a tree in the Al Shouf Cedars Nature Reserve on the slopes of Mount Barouk in the north of the country

The famous Mohammed Al Amine mosque, sometimes called the Blue Mosque, thanks to its distinctive colors, which is located in the center of Beirut, formerly known as the Paris of the Middle East

The famous Mohammed Al Amine mosque, sometimes called the Blue Mosque, thanks to its distinctive colors, which is located in the center of Beirut, formerly known as the Paris of the Middle East

The famous Mohammed Al Amine mosque, sometimes called the Blue Mosque, thanks to its distinctive colors, which is located in the center of Beirut, formerly known as the Paris of the Middle East

An aerial photograph taken from the top of the Our Drawer or Lebanon shrine in Harissa

An aerial photograph taken from the top of the Our Drawer or Lebanon shrine in Harissa

Houses are just visible through the cloud in the village of Ehden in the heart of the northern mountains of Lebanon

Houses are just visible through the cloud in the village of Ehden in the heart of the northern mountains of Lebanon

An aerial photograph taken from the top of the Our Lady or Lebanon shrine in Harissa, left. On the right are houses that are just visible through the clouds in the village of Ehden in the heart of the northern mountains of Lebanon

An incredible picture of the huge Horsch park in Beirut, the largest city park in the city. It covers 300,000 m² of green space and had to be reconstructed at the end of the Lebanese civil war

An incredible picture of the huge Horsch park in Beirut, the largest city park in the city. It covers 300,000 m² of green space and had to be reconstructed at the end of the Lebanese civil war

An incredible picture of the huge Horsch park in Beirut, the largest city park in the city. It covers 300,000 m² of green space and had to be reconstructed at the end of the Lebanese civil war

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

After it began to rebuild, tourists began to return, but in 2010 the outbreak of war in neighboring Syria had a domino effect on visitor numbers, and reportedly declined by 38 percent.

Maybe Rami's photo 's are helping to reverse this trend.

The large statue of Jesus standing next to the Yasou El Malak church in the coastal town of Jounieh

The large statue of Jesus standing next to the Yasou El Malak church in the coastal town of Jounieh

The statue of Our Lady of Lebanon, which looms above Harissa on the west coast. The small town of Harissa has become one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites in the east

The statue of Our Lady of Lebanon, which looms above Harissa on the west coast. The small town of Harissa has become one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites in the east

The large statue of Jesus, on the left, next to the Yasou El Malak church in the coastal town of Jounieh. On the right is the statue of the Lady of Lebanon, which looms above Harissa on the west coast. The small town of Harissa has become one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites in the east

An aerial view of the colored umbrellas and the deep blue water along the coastline of the city of Anfeh. It is one of the top destinations for tourists on the north coast

An aerial view of the colored umbrellas and the deep blue water along the coastline of the city of Anfeh. It is one of the top destinations for tourists on the north coast

An aerial view of the colored umbrellas and the deep blue water along the coastline of the city of Anfeh. It is one of the top destinations for tourists on the north coast

Three girls enjoy the sun in a pool between the hills of the village of Hamat in the north of Lebanon. The village houses the historic sanctuary and monastery of Our Lady of Nourieh, where one of the first Christian communities was founded

Three girls enjoy the sun in a pool between the hills of the village of Hamat in the north of Lebanon. The village houses the historic sanctuary and monastery of Our Lady of Nourieh, where one of the first Christian communities was founded

Three girls enjoy the sun in a pool between the hills of the village of Hamat in the north of Lebanon. The village houses the historic sanctuary and monastery of Our Lady of Nourieh, where one of the first Christian communities was founded

An overview of the southern city of Tire, the fourth largest city in Lebanon after Beirut, Tripoli and Sidon

An overview of the southern city of Tire, the fourth largest city in Lebanon after Beirut, Tripoli and Sidon

One of the incredible buildings in the southern city of Tire, which was once the "best kept secret of the Mediterranean & # 39; was named

One of the incredible buildings in the southern city of Tire, which was once the "best kept secret of the Mediterranean & # 39; was named

An overview of the southern city of Tire, left, which is the fourth largest city in Lebanon after Beirut, Tripoli and Sidon. The pictured right is one of the incredible buildings in Tire, once the best kept secret of the Mediterranean & # 39; was named

Skiers race along one of the slopes in Mzaar Kfardebian, a ski resort in Lebanon and the largest ski area in the Middle East. It is located one hour northeast of Beirut

Skiers race along one of the slopes in Mzaar Kfardebian, a ski resort in Lebanon and the largest ski area in the Middle East. It is located one hour northeast of Beirut

Skiers race along one of the slopes in Mzaar Kfardebian, a ski resort in Lebanon and the largest ski area in the Middle East. It is located one hour northeast of Beirut

The bright lights of Mzaar can be seen from the top of one of the pistes. There are a total of six ski areas in Lebanon

The bright lights of Mzaar can be seen from the top of one of the pistes. There are a total of six ski areas in Lebanon

The bright lights of Mzaar can be seen from the top of one of the pistes. There are a total of six ski areas in Lebanon

The statue of St Charbel is the largest in Lebanon and was installed in 2017 in the village of Faraya at the top of the Kruisberg. St Charbel was a Maronite monk and priest from Lebanon, who was thought to have healing powers and was declared holy in 1965 by Pope Paul VI.

The statue of St Charbel is the largest in Lebanon and was installed in 2017 in the village of Faraya at the top of the Kruisberg. St Charbel was a Maronite monk and priest from Lebanon, who was thought to have healing powers and was declared holy in 1965 by Pope Paul VI.

The statue of St Charbel is the largest in Lebanon and was installed in 2017 in the village of Faraya at the top of the Kruisberg. St Charbel was a Maronite monk and priest from Lebanon, who was thought to have healing powers and was declared holy in 1965 by Pope Paul VI.

Man-made lakes that have been formed to collect the rainwater, which can then be used to irrigate the crops in the drier summer months. Rami took the kiek in the village of Falougha in central Lebanon

Man-made lakes that have been formed to collect the rainwater, which can then be used to irrigate the crops in the drier summer months. Rami took the kiek in the village of Falougha in central Lebanon

The incredible waterfall in the town of Jezzine, also known as the "City of Falls & # 39;

The incredible waterfall in the town of Jezzine, also known as the "City of Falls & # 39;

Man-made lakes, pictured on the left, are formed to collect rainwater, which can then be used to irrigate the crops in the drier summer months. Rami took the kiek in the village of Falougha in central Lebanon. On the picture to the right is the incredible waterfall in the town of Jezzine, also known as the "City of Falls".

He has uploaded them to his Facebook and Instagram pages and tells MailOnline Travel that he is on a mission to change the perception of his country.

He said: "The fact that it is a Middle Eastern country reinforces the misconception that Lebanon is a desert.

& # 39; The ideas propagated by mass media to the world visualize Lebanon as a land of war and havoc, which again impedes its true beauty.

"For this reason, I have decided to make it my mission to prove the contrary to foreigners and even Lebanese who have fled the country. & # 39;

And his favorite picture so far?

He replied: "Unmistakably that of Jezzine, my hometown and the place where I was born and brought up."

The Litani River, which flows through the fertile Beqaa Valley and finally into the Mediterranean Sea near the city of Tire. It flows completely through the borders of Lebanon

The Litani River, which flows through the fertile Beqaa Valley and finally into the Mediterranean Sea near the city of Tire. It flows completely through the borders of Lebanon

The Litani River, which flows through the fertile Beqaa Valley and finally into the Mediterranean Sea near the city of Tire. It flows completely through the borders of Lebanon

The church bell that is still close to the nature reserve Chouwen Lake in the north of the country

The church bell that is still close to the nature reserve Chouwen Lake in the north of the country

Another view of the statue of St Charbal in the village of Faraya on the top of the mountain of the Cross in the summer

Another view of the statue of St Charbal in the village of Faraya on the top of the mountain of the Cross in the summer

The church bell, left, still close to the nature reserve Chouwen Lake in the north of the country. Pictured to the right is another image of the St Charbal statue in the village of Faraya at the top of the Kruisberg in the summer

The leaves on the trees have turned into their autumn orange and brown colors in Laqlouq, a small mountainous village in the north of the country

The leaves on the trees have turned into their autumn orange and brown colors in Laqlouq, a small mountainous village in the north of the country

The leaves on the trees have turned into their autumn orange and brown colors in Laqlouq, a small mountainous village in the north of the country

The fields stretch for miles around the quiet village of Ammiq in the center of Lebanon. The village is known for its fertile soil and home to a number of rare bird species, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.

The fields stretch for miles around the quiet village of Ammiq in the center of Lebanon. The village is known for its fertile soil and home to a number of rare bird species, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.

The fields stretch for miles around the quiet village of Ammiq in the center of Lebanon. The village is known for its fertile soil and home to a number of rare bird species, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.

Clouds roll over the tree-lined hills in the Cherouf region in the southwest of the country. The region saw many violent skirmishes during the civil war from 1975 to 1990

Clouds roll over the tree-lined hills in the Cherouf region in the southwest of the country. The region saw many violent skirmishes during the civil war from 1975 to 1990

Clouds roll over the tree-lined hills in the Cherouf region in the southwest of the country. The region saw many violent skirmishes during the civil war from 1975 to 1990

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