LAU Louis Cardahi Foundation


Research at the Foundation

The Louis Cardahi Foundation Library welcomes students, researchers or any visitors who wish to learn more about Byblos (Archaeological Site History of the City and Byblos City Structure) over the centuries, as well as about other topics relevant to Lebanon and the broader region.

Some examples of research conducted at the Foundation Library by prominent external researchers in recent years include (but are not limited to):

  • Uma viagem do Oriente à Amazônia: O Cedro encontra o Madeira (by Maria Vitória Loureiro do Nascimento Vieira Odete Burgeili, 2022)
  • Negotiate like a Phoenician, Discover traDEAbLesTM (by Dr. Habib Chamoun-Nicolas, 2008), available in French and English.
  • Arhkontur - Handbook on Archaeological Tourism Interpretation (by Vlasta Klarić, Dora Kušan Špalj and Ksenija Keča, 2021)
  • LAU students of architecture will be engaged in using the foundation library and facilities as an urban laboratory to investigate Lebanon’s urban heritage.  Selected cities/sites to span the evolution of the Phoenicians’ Route will be surveyed.  Students will produce maps, schemes, diagrams, drawings, sketches, data, pictures, surveys and SWOT analysis of designated cities. (by Architecture students/LAU 2018)
  • L’histoire du Royaume de Byblos à L’âge du Fer, 1080-333 (by Marc Abou-Abdallah, 2018)
  • Vanished Heritage Under Urban Development (by Maria Bachour/Lebanese University, 2017)
  • The Romanesque Cathedrals: Byblos and Tartous (by Stephanie Kordahi/LAU, 2002)
  • Franco Bis Beyrouth 2002, Hommage aux chercheurs francophones qui ont contribues a la renommee de la ville de Jbeil – Byblos
  • Perspectives de l’Archéologique sous-marine (by Zareh Amadouny, 1996)
  • Aménagement des espaces vertes à Byblos (by Julie Lakkis/Université de Montréal)
  • Le Port Phénicien (by Rania Aoun, Karine Mansour, and Pamela Atieh /ALBA)
  • Géomorphologie du Port de Byblos (by Christophe Morhange/CNRS–LEREVE)
  • La Navigation à Byblos (by Julie Bresse/USEK) 
  • Mémoire de maîtrise sur l’articulation site–Vieille ville (by Jean-Christophe Monnet/Institut Français d’urbanisme Paris VIII)
  • Figures du patrimoine au Liban représentations et trajectoires des espaces Hérités à Tyr, Saida et Byblos (by Maud Moussi/Université de Tour)


  • War Free World Heritage Listed Cities
    The War Free World Heritage Listed Cities is a project within the framework of the EU Cooperation in Urban Development and Dialogue (ENPI CIUDAD) project. It is a partnership between the Council of the United Municipalities of Byblos (Lebanon) coordinated by
    Dr. Rachid Chamoun, director of the LAU-Louis Cardahi Foundation, and the Municipality of Mtskheta (Georgia), in collaboration with the World Association for the Protection of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage in times of armed conflicts (WATCH), and relevant ministries in both Lebanon and Georgia.
  • Network of Visitors Centers along the Phoenician Route’s Heritage Sites on the Mediterranean:
    For the Spring semester 2020, 15 students of Architecture and Design at LAU (4th year) are reviving the ancient role of their Phoenicians ancestors who played a major role in designing and building key heritage sites along the Mediterranean, by proposing several Visitors and Information Centers along 15 Phoenician heritage sites that are part of the Phoenicians’ Route.

  • Re-Envisioning Lebanon’s Urban Heritage: Selected Cities of the Phoenicians’ Route, Lebanon.
    For spring 2020 and fall 2020, a group of 78 LAU senior architecture students, enrolled in urban planning coursework are currently conducting Action Research to understand the present conditions of selected cities along the Phoenicians’ Route in the coastal cities of Lebanon.