Visits and Delegations
Heritage Archaeological Hinterland - Jabal Moussa
Lecture by Greta Naufal at LAU-LCF
March 05, 2022
A lecture at LAU-LCF by Greta Naufal, “Femme Multiple, Femme Plurielle”.
Dr. Chamoun visiting the Lebanese President, General Michel Aoun
February 01, 2022
Dr. Mawad, Dr. Chamoun meeting the Minister of Tourism Eng. Walid Nassar
December 17, 2021
Meeting the Lebanese Minister of Tourism, Eng. Walid Nassar
November 03, 2021
On Wednesday November, 3rd 2021, His Excellency the Lebanon’s Minister of Tourism, Eng. Walid Nassar, received Dr Rachid Chamoun, Honorary President of the Phoenicians’ Route and Director of LAU-Louis Cardahi Foundation.
The meeting focused on sustaining their institutional collaboration in the development of the cultural tourism roadmap for Lebanon, in line with the strategies developed by the Confederation of the Phoenicians’ Route and in preparation for Lebanon to sign the “Enlarged Partial Agreement” to become an official member of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme.
Visiting the city of Baalbek
October 28, 2021
The Polish delegation from Cracow University of Technology (CUT), Prof. Maciej Motak, Prof. Bogusław Podhalański, and Prof. Kazimierz Butelski, and Dr. Rachid Chamoun director of the LAU-Louis Cardahi Foundation, visiting the city of Baalbek. Mr. Ihab Raed, Secretary General of the Lebanese Federation of Tourism Union, in his capacity as an active member of the Phoenicians’ Route and Mr. Firas Jammal, legal representative and board member of the municipal council have met to discuss cultural and urban collaboration and have offered them a comprehensive tour of the heritage site and the city.
The Polish Embassy and Cracow University of Technology visiting the foundation
October 26, 2021
In the presence of the Polish Ambassador, his excellency Mr. Przemysław Niesiołowski, and his staff Ms. Adriana Łada-Lis, and Mr. Mateusz Ananic and the Polish delegation from Cracow University of Technology (CUT), Prof. Maciej Motak, Prof. Bogusław Podhalański, and Prof. Kazimierz Butelski, Dr. Chamoun offered them a comprehensive tour of the foundation’s facilities.
Lecture by Dr. George Zouain at LAU-LCF
April 29, 2021
Dr. Zouein started by exposing his career path: his role in UNESCO and then moving on to the private sector, by founding his own consulting firm GAIA-heritage. He elaborated on 2 main projects: Al-Hamra, Spain, and the creation of the Oman History Museum.
The second part of the lecture was explaining to the students the procedures and his work for listing on Wadi Qannoubin/Arz El-Rabb in the UNESCO World Heritage list. After, Dr. Zouain listen to the students’ analysis and recommendations for the area of work, advising each group on how to make recommendations for the District of Bcharre, in terms of urban morphology, built and natural heritage, intangible heritage, and the management systems: topics of work for the course.
Students were highly satisfied with his experience and lecture.
Anthony Rhayel visiting the Foundation
March 31, 2021
Mr. Anthony Rhayel and his team visited the foundation, documenting the cultural heritage of the city of Byblos.
Lecture given at LAU-LCF
March 30, 2021
A lecture on “Cultural Heritage of Wadi Quannoubine – Arz er Rabb & the 22 Crown Villages of Bcharre” given by Dr. Hany Kahwagi-Janho” at LAU-Louis Cardahi Foundation, to the students of Regional Urbanism of LAU with their instructor Miss Juliana Najem Sfeir.
Dr. Michel Mawad visiting LAU-LCF
October 27, 2020
Dr. Michel Mawad, the ninth president of the Lebanese American University and the chair of the governing board of LAU-LCF during his visit to LAU-Louis Cardahi Foundation on Tuesday October 27, 2020.
The National Museum of Antiquities of Leiden visiting LAU-LCF
February 18, 2020
The director and project managers of the National Museum of Antiquities of Leiden were recommended by the Directorate General of Antiquities at the Ministry of Culture to collaborate with LAU-Louis Cardahi Foundation for developing an international exhibition on Byblos at the National Museum of Antiquities of Leiden on October 22, 2022 .From left to right: Tanja van der Zon (Byblos Project leader, Dutch National Museum of Antiquities), Dr. Michel de Vreeze (Employee Byblos Project, Dutch National Museum of Antiquities), Dr. Lucas Petit (Head Department Collections and Research, Dutch National Museum of Antiquities), and Dr. Rachid Chamoun, (The Director of LAU-LCF).
Visiting the Foundation
January 23, 2020
LAU Design 8 students of architecture are working this semester on the Phoenicians’ Route. Every student is doing a research on one country in order to identify its Phoenician cultural ” foot print “, and to select one particular city with a strong narrative related to the Phoenicians.The aim is to propose a series of Visitors Centers in all these cities, promoting and connecting this common heritage.
President and board members of the tour guide syndicate of Lebanon visiting LAU-LCF
December 03, 2019
The president and board members of the tour guide syndicate of Lebanon visited LAU-Louis Cardahi foundation and met with Dr. Chamoun to discuss an action plan on sponsoring and activating smart ways Lebanon towards promoting cultural tourism in the various Lebanese cities and towns.
1- Elissar Baalbaki (President)
2- Arzeh El Hayek (General secretary)
3- Eliane Boutros (treasurer)
4- Jean-Claude Hawat
5- Marcelle Saliba (Cultural committee)
XII Euro Mediterranean Dialogue General Assembly, 2019
October 24-25, 2019
Inauguration of “The Centre for the Preservation and Protection of Cultural Heritage”, (CPCH)
October 14, 2019
The center launched its first interactive workshop on “Disaster Risk Reduction to Protect Natural and Cultural Heritage” on October 15-16, 2019. The Target group encompassed concerned State and local authorities (e.g. Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Interior and municipalities, Ministry of Defense, IHL Directorate, Lebanese Army, Lebanese UNESCO Commission , Blue Shield National- Lebanon, UNIFIL Lebanon, and National Civil Protection Agencies - (e.g. civil and military engineers, scientists, regional planners, jurists, municipal engineers), ICOMOS , Civil Defense , National Red Cross Lebanon- LRC-DRR, NGOs, CSOs, Professional organizations (Board of Architects, Engineers, Geologists) and others.
Exhibition of the Phoenician Alphabet Series
September 27, 2019
Nayla Romanos Iliya [Architect and Sculptor]
The Phoenician Alphabet: A contemporary Living Culture
The purpose of this group of sculptures is to give a new cultural perspective to the Phoenician alphabet. The artist applies the complex geometry of the characters to express herself and tell metaphorical stories that make her feel closer to her roots, reconciling the present whilst paying tribute to the past. The Phoenician alphabet sculptures are displayed individually, as well as, in dialogue with one another. The reflective steel base of the sculptures symbolizes the reflective surface of the sea. Her work can be found in private collections, mainly in Lebanon, France and the UAE.
September 26, 2019
Professor Vincent Panhuysen, a frequent international lecturer from Netherlands, visiting the LAU-LCF along with Dr. Marwan Basmaji and Mr. David Awad from LAU, School of Architecture and Design.
Recognition Award from the Organizers of the 124th Commemoration of the Beirut Damascus Line Inauguration
August 03, 2019
A cultural trip from Ajaltoun to Byblos
June 16, 2019
International Award “Architects Meet in Selinunte”
June 13-16, 2019
Dr. Rachid Chamoun, Director of LAU-Cardahi Foundation and President of the confederation of the Phoenicians’ Route, presented “Byblos: Layers of Civilizations” and have received the Selinunte International Award of “Architecture and Landscape” along with his colleague architect Osama Hamdan, member of the Phoenicians’ Route Scientific Committee, professor of Conservation from Al Quds University and director of Mosaic Center of Jericho, in appreciation from the Italian Association of Architecture and Criticism during the “Architects Meet in Selinunte” on June 13-16, 2019.
Special thanks to Dr. Antonio Baroni, Director of the Phoenicians’ Route for his professional collaboration and endless support to the Phoenicians’ Route and Mr. Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi, and Mr. Orazio La Monaca, architects and lead organizers from the Italian Association of Architecture and Criticism.
Photos, presentations (English - Italian).
Mr. Philip Stoltzfus, Chairman of the LAU Board of Trustees (2016-2018), visiting the LAU-LCF
June 10, 2019
Virginia Common Wealth University (VCU) visiting the LAU-LCF
May 22, 2019
A group of students on a faculty led program from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond visited the LAU-Louis Cardahi Foundation. Their program is focused on Middle East Politics and Media and requires their engagement in experiential learning opportunities in Lebanon to gain hands on knowledge about the country and the region in areas that relate to politics, media, culture, gender, and refugee crisis. The group consists of 9 students and 1 faculty.
The “Sense and Sustainability” International Conference on Archaeology and Tourism in Zagreb, Croatia
May 08, 2019
Visiting the Foundation
March 14, 2019
March 14, 2019
Visiting the NABU Museum
January 23, 2019
Professor Antoine Lahoud, and LAU senior students of Interior Architecture during their visit to the NABU Museum.
LAU-Louis Cardahi foundation joins forces with NABU Museum to promote Lebanon’s Cultural Heritage.
LAU-Louis Cardahi foundation and the confederation of the Phoenicians’ Route of the Council of Europe are happy to celebrate the launching of the NABU Museum, “situated on the coast of the Mediterranean, at the village of El-Heri, in Ras Al Shaqa’, in the North of Lebanon”. The NABU Museum is a valuable cultural tourism destination along the Phoenicians’ Route itinerary.
Visiting the Foundation
January 23, 2019
Nayla Romanos Iliya, an architect and artist visiting the LAU-Louis Cardahi Foundation.
In preparation for the XII Euro Mediterranean Intercultural Dialogue on the Phoenicians’ Route
December 21, 2018
In preparation for the XII Euro Mediterranean Intercultural Dialogue on the Phoenicians’ Route
From January 9-12, 2019.
Dr. Rachid Chamoun, Director of LAU - Cardahi Foundation hosted a coordination meeting with the delegation of Jounieh municipality and municipal federation of Keserwan represented by: Mr. Rachid Otaki , Mr. Dany Azar, Mr. Shekry Masaad, and Ms. Therese Taweli and Dr George Younes (FIJET Lebanon) December 21, 2018.
The Phoenicians’ Route at the heart of our teaching learning practice
December 08-10, 2018
LAU students of Architecture and Urban Planning, presenting their research on designated cities and sites of the Phoenicians’ Route in Lebanon. The research encompassed historical reviews, maps, data, pictures, and SWOT analysis. The projects will be exhibited at the XII Euro Mediterranean Dialogue on the Phoenicians’ Route - 2019 Festival of Intercultural on January 9-12, 2019. The review committee was composed of Mrs. Juliana Najm, core faculty advisor, Dr. Marc Abou-Abdallah, Historian, Dr. George Younes and Ms. Therese Tawilee, of the World Federation of Travel Journalists and Writers (Fijet Lebanon) and Dr. Rachid Chamoun and Ms. Maria Bachour of LAU-Cardahi Foundation.
Study Trip Focusing on Exploring the Valuable Heritage Sites in Deir Al-Qamar
November 29, 2018
Along the Phoenicians’ Route Smart Ways.
A study visit to Dair Al Qamar by Dr. Rachid Chamoun, Director of LAU Cardahi Foundation, President of the Confederation of the Phoenicians’ Route and hosted by Mr. Dory Renno Principal of Planners and Partners sal.
The study trip focused on exploring the valuable heritage sites and urban landscape of the town in preparation for a regional urbanism case study with LAU architecture students for the 2019 - Spring semester.
Deir al-Qamar (Arabic: دير القمر), meaning “Monastery of the Moon” is a village south-east of Beirut in Chouf District, south-central Lebanon.
During the 16th to 18th centuries, Deir al-Qamar was the capital and the residence of the Emirate of Mount Lebanon. It is also notable for its 15th-century Fakhreddine Mosque, Fakhreddine II Palace, and the palace of the Emir Yusuf Shihab - today housing the Municipal Council heritage building, encompassing the Department General of Antiquities and Museum , the 17th century Deir al-Qamar Synagogue and the French institute of culture, and valuable historical churches. During its peak, the city was the center of Lebanese literary tradition.
Workshop Organized by the Lebanese University, Beirut -Lebanon
November 26, 2018
On Monday November 26, during a workshop organized by the Lebanese University, Beirut -Lebanon, a lecture entitled “on Urbanism and Architecture in the 8th century BC of the Phoenician ERA in Sardinia island” delivered by Professor Michele Giurgius from the University of Sassari Italy. The presentation was attended by Professor Antoine Lahoud, member of the scientific committee of the Phoenician Route. During which Professor Lahoud addressed the leading role of LAU-Cardahi Foundation, within the confederation of the Phoenician Route.
A Study Visit to Umm Al Amad - South Lebanon
November 24, 2018
Along the Phoenicians’ Route Smart Ways, Dr. Rachid Chamoun, Director of LAU-Cardahi Foundation and President of the confederation of the Phoenicians route in accompany, with Dr. Hassan Badawi, Professor of Archaeology from the Lebanese University, and Dr. Michele Giurgius, Professor of Archaeology from the University of Sassari Italy exploring Um south Lebanon cultural heritage, exploring Umm Al Amad located on the eastern shoulder of the Naqoura Sea in South Lebanon. Umm Al-Amad encompasses layers of tangible Phoenician and Greek civilization artifacts. Although it was discovered by a French explorer in 1772, it was not excavated until 1861. Currently, the site excavation works are carried out by the the Directorate General of the department of Antiquities DGA and supervised by Archaeologist Hassan Badawi. The city/site is more than 60,000 square meters still bears witness to an important historical period and tells of architectural art and precision in engraving and sculpture with tools dating back to the Iron Age, so named after the discovery of iron nearly 3,000 years ago. Umm Al-Amad’s two temples were built roughly between 287 and 222 BC.
LAU-Cardahi Foundation and the Phoenicians’Route call for local and international institutions to support the DGA and Professor Badawi in raising funds for the resurrection of this valuable heritage site .
Exploring South Lebanon Cultural Heritage
November 24, 2018
Dr. Rachid Chamoun Director of LAU Cardahi Foundation and President of the confederation of the Phoenicians Route in accompany with Dr. Hassan Badawi from the Lebanese University and Dr. Michele Giurgius from the University of Sassari Italy exploring south Lebanon cultural heritage.
I feel honored of spending a valuable day exploring south Lebanon Phoenician and Roman heritage sites with our dear colleagues Dr. Hassan Badawi from the Lebanese University and Dr. Michele Giurgius from the University Of Sassari Italy concluding with a special visit with the Italian United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and hosted by the mayor of the city of Tyre Mr. Hassan Dbouk.
From Carthage to Tyre
November 17, 2018
Under the patronage of the Lebanese Embassy in Tunisia and the Tunisian Embassy in Lebanon represented by both ambassadors: His Excellency Mr. Karim Bodally and His Excellency Mr. Toni Franjeyyi
With the collaboration of the Lighthouse- Arab world Cinema and TV production
“From Carthage to Tyre”
At Citadel-Beit Marry -Lebanon
Professor Antoine Lahoud member of the Phoenicians’Route Scientific Committee represented the Phoenicians’ Route.
Youngest Researcher visits the LAU-Louis Cardahi Foundation
November 12, 2018
Julia M. Basmaji, the youngest researcher on cultural heritage, visits the LAU-Louis Cardahi Foundation on Sunday, November 12, 2018.
Fourth edition of Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation Summer School - Med BSO Academy
November 09, 2018
Cagliari (Italy) - GACIC BSO Management Academy - Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation Summer School
On November 9th, Dr. Rachid Chamoun, President of the Phoenicians’ Route and Director of the LAU-Louis Cardahi Foundation, attended the 4th edition of the Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation Summer School - Med BSO Academy, organized in the framework of EBSOMED (Enhancing Business Support Organisations and Business Networks in the Southern Neighborhood), a project co-financed by the European Union and coordinated by BUSINESSMED (Union of Mediterranean Confederations of Enterprises).
Dr. Chamoun discussed the role of the Cultural Routes in promoting intercultural dialogue and cultural tourism, highlighting the activities in progress of the Phoenicians’ Route.
Visit to LAU-Cardahi Foundation library and museum
November 02, 2018
LAU-Cardahi Foundation hosted Mr. and Mrs. Jean-Louis Cardahi, Mr. John McCarthy, Managing Director of John McCarthy Publishing Switzerland, Mrs. Katherine Murphy McClintic, Vice President & Interim Director of Advancement at International College Beirut, Mr. Salim Esaily, Mrs. Elizabeth Rbeiz, Mrs. Haifa Abbas and Mr. Malek Hobeich on Friday November 02, 2018.
A Syrian/German delegation visiting the LAU-LCF
October 11, 2018
A Syrian/German delegation composed of 23 architects, archaeologists, surveyors and professors who are currently documenting and surveying Saint John Cathedral in Byblos, have visited the LAU-LCF library and museum facility on October 11, 2018.
General Assembly of the Phoenician’s Route in Zagreb (Croatia)
October 9, 2018
During The International General Assembly of The Phoenicians’ Route in Zagreb (Croatia) on October 9th, 2018, concurrently with the confederation’s celebration of the 15th anniversary of the route. Dr. Rachid Chamoun, Director of the LCF, was nominated by the confederation Scientific and Steering Committee member states and elected to serve as the President of the Confederation for the period of 2018-2020, succeeding professor Giovabbi Brizzi, president of the International Confederation Phoenicians’ Route 2016-2018.
Mr. Johan Celsing visiting the foundation
October 5, 2018
Mr. Johan Celsing, architect and professor of advanced design at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, gave a lecture on his own works titled: Plans, Meters, Intentions and Realities in Recent Designs. The lecture was held on October 4th at 4:30 pm at the School of Architecture and Design at the Beirut Campus. on October 5th, Mr.Celsing visited the LAU-LCF museum and library facilities in Byblos.
LAU-Louis Cardahi Foundation is the heart of our teaching learning practice
November 1, 2018
Mrs. Jemma Chidiac and her Design III students visited the LAU-LCF digital museum and library. They have been informed about the Umayyad Route and the Phoenician Route.
October 18, 2018
September 27, 2018
Final year students of architecture from the Lebanese University visiting the foundation with their instructor Mr. Zakariya Kabrit.
September 19, 2018
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 of SWOT analysis of designated cities.
September 11, 2018
LAU students of architecture visiting the foundation with their instructor Professor Marwan Zouein for their current research about the city of Byblos.
The LAU-Louis Cardahi Foundation promotes the Umayyad Museum at the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, Seville, Spain
July 16-22, 2018
LAU board members visited the LAU-Louis Cardahi Foundation
July 16, 2018
Dr. Joseph Jabra, President of LAU, Mr. Philip Stoltzfus, Chairman of the LAU board of trustees, Mrs. Cherilyn Murer, Secretary of the LAU board of trustees and chair of the health services committee, and Mr. Roy Majdalani, Vice-President for Human Resources and University Services, LAU, were welcomed by the director of the foundation, Dr. Rachid Chamoun.
Reception and lecture on the history of Byblos for Saint Francis International Club
June 9, 2018
Une journée des plus instructives à Jbeil grâce à Dr. Chamoun et Dr. Harb qui nous ont fait connaître le musée Cardahi, simplement une merveille archéologique! Un grand merci aussi à Dr. George Najjar (LAU) qui nous a facilité cette visite et la découverte de l’histoire de Jbeil. Il faudrait que tous les libanais connaissent Jbeil, une des plus anciennes villes de l’histoire remontant à 5000 ans avant J.C.
Scientific and Steering Committee Meeting, Selinunte
March 16, 2018
The meeting of the Phoenicians’ Route International Scientific Committee was held in in Marinella di Selinunte (Sicily), in the conference hall of the Admeto Hotel.
Various exhibitions and lectures promoting the LAU Louis Cardahi Foundation in Spain
X Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue”Celebration of the XXX Anniversary of the Council of Europe Cultural Routes Program” in Jaén.
“Melilla, la Puerta del Mediterráneo”, Sustainable and Creative Tourism and Intercultural Dialogue in the Mediterranean exhibition, Mellila.
Foundation promoted at the 8th International Conference on Science and Technology in Archaeology and Conservation in Amman, Jordan
May, 21 – 25, 2017
LAU Louis Cardahi Foundation promoted at the LAU-Byblos Exhibition in the UN headquarter, NYC
April 24, 2017
Phoenician route delegation visit to the LAU Louis Cardahi Foundation
March 23, 2017
The Phoenician route delegation, Lebanese Tourism Guides syndicate and Foundation director collaborated to launch an initiative for contributing to the sustainability of the “Phoenician route” project.
Inauguration of the Umayyad Digital Museum
December 19, 2016
The inauguration event followed the steering committee meeting and final conference of the Umayyad project.