Mleeta “Resistance Tourism”
The first site of its type narrating the history of a phase continuing to be lived in Lebanon, the country of culture, civilization, and history, Mleeta is a terrestrial and sub-terrestrial museum aimed at closely identifying the unique experience of the Islamic resistance in Lebanon against the Israeli enemy from the beginning of the occupation of Lebanon’s capitol, Beirut, in 1982.
60 000 m2 of parks and bushy lands, 4500 m2 of built spaces overseen by over 50 architects and engineers and 40 specialists and 90 suppliers all formed an active workgroup from all over Lebanon, continuously overseeing all aspects of the project around the clock for over 2 years.
The site was named Mleeta after the mountain it is situated on, where resistance fighters were stationed throughout the years of the Israeli occupation till the year 2000 when most parts of Lebanon were liberated. Mleeta was one of the first lines of defense in a wide area including Nabatiyeh, Jizzeen, Iqlim al-Tuffah, and was a base for launching various jihadi operations inside the occupied security zone.
Mleeta Site is located in A’mel Mountain in South Lebanon, some 1050 meters above sea level, surrounded by the villages of Habboush, Jarjou’, Mleekh, Al-Luwaiza, Jbaa’, and Ain Buswar. Mleeta is also surrounded by mountainous terrains nestling the remains of kings and Prophets of the past. From its elevation, the site overlooks the villages of the Iqlim Al-Tuffah district, Sujud hilltop and part of the shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea.
Mleeta is a naturally beautiful rugged mountainous terrain covered by oak and birch trees and characterized by its rock cavities and natural caves. The mountain spreads over 600 000m2, and excavations have revealed ancient tombs, broken pottery and ancient lanterns.
Mleeta site is 82 km from Beirut, the capitol, 37 km from the city of Saida, and roughly 90 km from the Lebanese-Syrian ‘al Masnaa’ border point, and 188 km from the borders with occupied Palestine.
Mleeta site can be reached using the following routes:
From Beirut: Beirut >Saida >Zahrani > Zifta > Habboush > Arabsalim > Jarjou >Mleeta 9th optimal route for busses and vehicles)
Or Beirut > Saida > Haret Saida >Kfarhatta >Kfarmilki > Kfarfila > Jbaa’ >Ain Bouswaar > Mleeta
From Syria through Masnaa Crossing Point:
MasnaaàShtouraàQib EliasàSughbinàMashgharaàAin el TiniàMaydounàKfarhounaàJizzineàBkasineàJbaaàAin BuswaaràMleeta
1. Mleeta site opens daily from 10 am to 9 pm
2. Touring the site generally takes between 60 to 120 minutes
3. The site contains panels explaining all scenes and listing all divisions in Arabic and English
4. The Site is run by a specialized team that will insure the safety and comfort of visitors
5. The site has a group of tour guides proficient in English, French, Spanish, Persian, German, and Arabic. Their services are free-of-charge.
Notes for Visitors:
1. Visitors are kindly requested to be appropriately dressed for the site. A hat and sunscreen are advised during summer.
2. Smoking is prohibited, especially in the bushy areas.
3. Strollers are not allowed in the bushy areas due to the rugged terrain.
4. Cleanliness is a must; therefore, rubbish must be discarded adequately.
For More Information: Official Website of Mleeta