The Phoenician Route
- Beirut and Byblos
- Tripoli, Sidon and Tyre
- Baalbek and Jounieh
- Batroun, Adonis Valley and Jabal Moussa, Anfeh and Sarafand
- Zahle, Bcharri and Wadi Qadisha, Jeita Grotto, Mtein and Ksara Wineries
The Phoenicians’ Route aims to foster Mediterranean intercultural dialogue, sharing the values of the Council of Europe, especially human rights and democracy. Established in many non-European countries, including several places of conflict, the routes help to promote freedom of expression, equality, freedom of conscience and religion, and the protection of minorities. This network is a way to work together for the development of peace and mutual respect in the Mediterranean.
The LAU-Louis Cardahi Foundation, in its capacity as an active member of the scientific committee of the Phoenicians’ route with the Confederation of the Council of Europe. “The Phoenicians’ Route represents the Route of Intercultural Dialogue and crosses many countries of the Mediterranean, of Europe, of North Africa and Middle East, thus reinforcing the historical links created thanks to ancient civilizations”.
The Foundation will seek to sustain the development of cultural communication in the Mediterranean according to the project mission and protocols that include, but are not limited to, the following activities:
Scientific and creative role:
- Mapping and defining the Phoenician Cultural Heritage Route within and among Lebanese cities and providing studies and descriptions of monuments (Assist Documentation according to the Hague Convention).
- Academic and communicative role: training local communities and providing interdisciplinary expertise to:
- Foster the preservation of cultural heritage by providing prevention know-how against damage to cultural heritage, in support of law enforcement agencies.
- Provide training programs for cultural heritage awareness, offering specialized competencies and targeted curricula.
- Increase public participation by means of the latest technologies and tools to enhance public involvement.
- Promote intercultural dialogue.
- Develop Information Technology centers and/or tourism centers within relevant municipalities that would cater to cultural tourism activities in Lebanon to promote the protection of archaeological sites and the preservation of historical buildings and monuments.
The International Confederation, Contact, How to Adhere
The interested bodies should:
This application will be verified by the International Scientific Committee that will express its opinion within 30 days from the transmission of the documents, specifying also witch Confederation Network (territorial network/thematic network) should be in charge of the candidate body.
Those who can adhere to the Cultural Route “The Phoenicians’ Route” are: public territorial subjects, private citizens, chamber of commerce and other entities that bring together territorial bodies that works for the valorization of cultural, tangible and intangible, natural heritage of the Mediterranean and linked to the Ancient Civilizations of the Mediterranean with their sites, or having historical-cultural relationships with these Mediterranean civilizations, with the Mediterranean Intercultural Dialogue and of sustainable and responsible tourism.
Brochures & Banner
- Phoenicians’ Route Brochure - Lebanon
- Phoenicians’ Route Banner - Lebanon
- The Phoenicians’ Route - Riding the Phoenician Wave Brochure
- Institutional Brochure of the Phoenicians’ Route (front - back).
Cities under Studies
Phoenician Route of the Lebanese cities:
- Deir El-Qamar & Beiteddine
- Jabal Moussa & Adonis Valley
- Smar Jbeil
- Bcharri &Wadi Qadisha
- Menjez (Menjez Necropolis)
- Kamid Al-Lawz
The Phoenician Museum - Jounieh, Lebanon
The Municipality of Jounieh, as active member of the Phoenicians’ Route, donated a historical building in the old souk of Jounieh that will be transformed into a Phoenicians’ Route Museum. The architectural project was entrusted to Dr. Maroun Daccache, chair of the Department of Architecture and Design at LAU - American Lebanese University, who made a truly unique proposal. The historical palace is placed along the ancient commercial street of Jounieh. It is defined by a typical and traditional Lebanese building: a central hall with triple arcade in the upper floor, and vaulted structure that defines the space of the ground floor. The idea leading the restoration and transformation of the existing palace into a Museum is the exposure of the place’s history, “the typology of the existing building” as a collective memory of the city of Jounieh and its projection towards a new evolutionary cultural function for the community. It is a dialogue and reflection between “history and contemporaneity” to involve all generations in taking part in the museum space and in public activity. It is a dialogue of cultures and heterogeneous generations that could originate new spaces and ideas for our society. In fact, the museum path ends with a meditation belvedere, projected as an extension of the central hall and conceived as a lighthouse in the middle of Jounieh bay, describing the beginning of the history of both the Phoenician and the Mediterranean world.
Newsletter: The Phoenicians’ Route Newsletter (May, 2020) - English - French - Italian
High-Mountain Phoenician Center
It is the first High-Mountain Phoenician Center at Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve - Mchati.
The center will allow the visitor to explore centuries of sustainable interaction between man and nature, in the legendary Adonis Valley and Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve as part of CROSS-DEV Project
The Phoenician International Research Center
The Phoenician International Research Center Inc. (PIRC) is a 501(c)(3) US-registered nonprofit, meaning it is a tax-exempt, charitable organization; it aims to promote science, education and peace through a study of the ancient world, and more particularly the Canaanite Phoenicians and Punic people’s contribution to today’s civilization. We are a group of international scholars, researchers and professionals who work to uncover, promote the study of, and disseminate information on our ancestors to the modern world, and to help fund archaeologists, scientists and researchers on the subject through tax deductible donations. The work of PIRC is published and branded by the trademark of the center.
Phoenicians Before Columbus Podcast
Who were the Phoenicians? Interview (Part 1 of 2) with Dr. Habib Chamoun-Nicolas.
- Almatourism, Journal of Tourism, Culture and Territorial Development (Vol.10 No. 20, 2019)
- The Phoenician Cultural Route as a Framework of Intercultural Dialogue in Today’s Mediterranean: a Focus on Malta (by Xuereb, K. and Avellino M. - University of Malta, 2019)
- The Carthaginian trading ships sailed daily to ports all around the Mediterranean Sea while their navy, supreme in the region, kept them safe.
- The Mediterranean MUseum NETwork (ME.MU.NET)
- International University Network (IUN)
- Publications, Thesis and Research.
- Call for papers.
- Phoenician Colonies.
- The Phoenician Alphabet: A contemporary Living Culture
- Sacred Mount Hermon and its Associated Cultural Monuments
- Phoenician navigators anchor at the Dutch
- The Phoenicians Route Newsletter (June 2023) - English - Italian
- The Phoenicians’ Route Newsletter (June 2022) - English - French - Italian - Spanish
- The Phoenicians’ Route Newsletter (January 2022) - English - Italian
- The Phoenicians’ Route Newsletter (May, 2020) - English - French - Italian
- The Phoenicians’ Route Newsletter (December 2019) - English
- Days of the Spanish Network of the Phoenicians’ Route in Lebanon (September, 2019)
- The Phoenicians’ Route Newsletter (May, 2019) - English - French - Italian
- The Phoenicians’ Route Newsletter (April, 2019) - English - Italian.
- The Phoenician Route Newsletters
- Albania, Lebanon and North Macedonia welcomed as new member States of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe at the 2022 Annual Advisory Forum in Chania, Greece
- EPA: Lebanon joins the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP): Cultural Routes Programme presented at the 9th Plenary meeting
- Cycle de certfication 2020-2021 en cours
- Phoenicians’ Route 2020: General Assembly online
- Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST), Politecnico and Universita di Torino, joins the University Network on Cultural Routes Studies
- Germany: New Brochure on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe
- Switzerland: Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe on the website of the Federal Office of Culture
- Luxembourg: Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition on the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe
- European Union Delegation to China: “An Encounter on a Journey across Time and Space - Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Exhibition” (Beijing, China)
- Austria: Kick-off conference of the “Transdanube.Travel.Stories” European project featuring five Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe
- The EPA on Cultural Routes, Eurail and the European Youth Card Association (EYCA) sign a “Letter of Intent” on cooperation
- Certification Cycle 2020-2021 underway
- His Majesty the King of Spain awards the Charles V European Prize to the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme
- The Black Sea Universities Network (BSUN) joins the University Network on Cultural Routes Studies
- Switzerland: Via Francigena travels along the Swiss path
- Luxembourg: two new network members join “Iter Vitis” and the “European Route of Historic Thermal Towns”
- Romania: the first Cultural Route certified by the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment
- Georgia: two new certified “Cultural Routes of Georgia” and Memorandum of Understanding with the National Tourism Administration
- RURITAGE: Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme presented at webinar on heritage-based opportunities for rural regeneration
- Greece - Live webinars: “Cultural Routes Dialogues: challenges and opportunities post Covid-19”
- Live webinars: “Cultural Routes Dialogues: challenges and opportunities post Covid-19” - 3. France and Monaco
- Online Training Seminar for cultural routes applying for the “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” certification
- Cultural Routes Database with Interactive Map now online
- Certification cycle 2020-2021: A record number of 16 new applications for the “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” certification received
- Croatia: New Brochure on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe
- EPA on Cultural Routes and Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Secretariats sign a “Letter of Intent” on cooperation
- Online Training Seminar for cultural routes applying for the “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” certification - CERTIFICATION CYCLE 2020-2021
- Live webinars: “Cultural Routes Dialogues: challenges and opportunities post Covid-19” - 1. Spain
- Webinar: “Covid-19 and the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: Impacts and Responses”
- Survey: Covid-19 and the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe: impacts and responses
- Luxembourg: Europe Day 2020, the European Institute of Cultural Routes participates in online celebrations
- Mid Sweden University (Mittuniversitetet, MIUN) joins the University Network on Cultural Routes
- EICR Board of Directors held its Annual General Assemble in Luxembourg
- Networking meeting between Cultural Routes, the European Youth Card Association (EYCA) and Eurail
- Croatia: Closing conference of ArhKonTur project
- Serbia: The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe presented at the fifth EUSAIR-Forum
- European Routes of Jewish Heritage: Meeting with the Consul General of Morocco
- Fortified Towns of the Grand Region: 2021 General Assembly online
- TRANSROMANICA - The Romanesque Routes of European Heritage
- Ukraine joins the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe
- EPA Governing Board 2021 ahead
- Certification Cycle 2021-2022 underway: applications now open
- 2020 Activity Report now available on-line
- European Year of Rail: Online conference on sustainable travel in Europe
- Croatia: 15th virtual meeting of the EUSAIR Thematic Steering Group for Sustainable Tourism
- Impressionisms Routes: New publication
- France: Coordination meeting with national representatives of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe
- European Institute of Cultural Routes: Board of Directors meeting
- Online training seminar for Cultural Routes applying for the certification “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” in the framework of the 2021-2022 certification cycle
- Coordination meeting with the five newly certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe
- Cyril and Methodius Route: Extraordinary General Assembly Meeting
- 10th Annual Advisory Forum on Cultural Routes: Kutaisi Declaration now on-line
- Council of Europe: the Committee of the EPA member states adopts the Programme and budget 2022-2025
- Ambassador Jean Claude Kugener elected President of the European Institute of Cultural Routes
- Hungarian Chairmanship: Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme presented at a conference on slow cultural tourism
- Greece: Signature of the Organisation Agreement for the 2022 Annual Advisory Forum on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in Chania (Crete)
- Croatia: Exhibition on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in Zagreb
- Italy: Cultural Routes of Europe - an integrated model for sustainable territorial development
- Portugal: Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme presented in the framework of a seminar on Roman Roads
- Germany: Meetings between Federal Institutions and Representatives of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe representatives
- Ukraine: Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme presented at “Ukraine International Travel Market 2021”
- European Route of Historic Thermal Towns: 4th European Thermal Heritage Day
- European Route of Jewish Heritage: Inauguration of the “Itinerary of the Jewish Heritage and Upper Town” in Luxembourg
- 300 new network members join the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe during 2020-2021
- 10th Cultural Routes Annual Advisory Forum - Resilient and Sustainable Cultural Routes - Innovating our way out of the crisis
- European Rock Art Trails
- Sur les pas de Huguenots
- European Route: Historic Gardens
- Identification and analysis of problems in selected European historic gardens during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Tourism & Heritage Dissonances: Narratives, Interpretation & Management
- Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in Hungary
- The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in Luxembourg: an exhibit
- Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Branding (booklets)
- Resolution CM/Res(2013)67 of the Committee of Ministers
- Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim Routes
- Cultural Routes (by theme, by country)
- Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe - Booklet for travelers (2020)
- Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe 2020 (2019)
- The Enlarged Partial Agreement on the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe
- “Experiences and skills for the new wave of the Cultural and Creative Sector”
- Smart Cultural Heritage, Tourism Development and European Cultural Routes
- International Iter visits - Phoenicians’ Route awards
Explore the Phoenicians’ relevant settlements and colonies:
- Dr. Pierre Zalloua and Wells had to go to the Turkey National Museum to get DNA samples from a Phoenician sarcophagus, since Lebanon’s National Museum shamefully denied their request for a sample.
- Phoenicians Before Columbus Expedition 2019
- The Iron Age, Phoenician-Canaanite Cave Tombs of Mount Lebanon
- Phoenician Pilgrimage Road of the Weeping Ladies of Adonis
- Ancient Megalithic Phoenician Sarcophagus
- Sfire/Dennyeh and the Phoenician-Roman Connection
- The Phoenicians’ Route
- The Phoenicians and the Making of the Mediterranean
- The Legacy of the Phoenicians
- America’s Stonehenge, considering Phoenician connection
- Who Really Were The Phoenicians - Documentary on Evidence of the Lost Civilization
- Cultural Art Concert “From Carthage to Tyre”, in the monastery of the castle, Beit Meri (video one - video two - poster).
- Second International Congress on World Civilizations and Historic Routes
- Ancient Phoenician Ports and Colonies
- The Quest for the Phoenicians
- The Punics & the Ancient Forum of Severus’ Bascilica
- Tchaikovsky: Waltz of the Flowers - Daniel Barenboim