LAU Louis Cardahi Foundation

The Phoenician Route



Certified “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” in 2003
The Phoenicians’ Route refers to the connection of the major nautical routes used by the Phoenicians, since the 12th century BC, as essential routes for trade and cultural communication in the Mediterranean. Through these routes, the Phoenicians – genial sailors and merchants – and other great Mediterranean civilizations contributed to the creation of a “koiné”, a Mediterranean cultural community, producing an intense exchange of manufactured articles, people and ideas.
It passes through all the Mediterranean countries including many North African and Middle East countries, thus strengthening historical bonds. These connections are represented by a relevant heritage, originating from ancient Mediterranean civilisations, present in numerous archaeological, ethnic, anthropological, cultural and naturalistic sites throughout the countries of the Mediterranean, and also a significant Mediterranean intangible heritage.

Project Scope

The LAU Louis Cardahi Foundation, in its capacity as an active member of the scientific committee with the Confederation of the Council of Europe, will seek to sustain the development of the project according to protocols that include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  1. 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).
  2. Academic and communicative role: training local communities and providing interdisciplinary expertise to:
    1. Foster the preservation of cultural heritage by providing prevention know-how against damage to cultural heritage, in support of law enforcement agencies.
    2. Provide training programs for cultural heritage awareness, offering specialized competencies and targeted curricula.
    3. Increase public participation by means of the latest technologies and tools to enhance public involvement.
    4. Promote intercultural dialogue.
    5. 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.

More information

Phoenician Route Brochure - Lebanon

Publications, Thesis and Research.

Institutional Brochure of the Phoenicians’ Route (front - back).


The Phoenician Route Newsletters

The Phoenician Route Newsletter (June 2018)