Nowadays, when we think of the Middle East, we're often met with a harsh juxtaposition between seemingly endless riches from the oil industry and the harsh brutality of conflict and war. We often forget the beautiful nature hiding between the sea and sand.

One of the oases of the region is Lebanon. Located between Syria and the Mediterranean Sea, with Israel to the South and Cyprus to the west, Lebanon is a relatively small country with only a little over 10 thousand square kilometres of land.  But despite a  small surface area, the country is home to numerous mountains, 225km stretch of coastline and scenic valleys. With everything located so closely, one could go skiing in the mountains and sunbathing at the beach within hours!

Its capital, Beirut, is one of the oldest cities in the world, being inhabited for more than 5,000 years. And the city alone is just a taste of the region's rich history. With mountains and the sea at the hand's reach, and the land so culturally saturated that people spend hours writing guides on how to properly explore it, it's not hard to see why Lebanon is called "the pearl of the middle east". It's no surprise that tourists would flock to see all the country's wonders.

However, a lot of things changed in the region in 2010 when the Syrian Civil War broke out. As Lebanon shares a border with Syria, it didn't take long before the ripples reached the country. While the government reported over 2 million tourists at the beginning of 2010, as soon as the war started, the number dropped by 38%. The neighbouring war has been nothing but disruptive for the Lebanese economy.

And while it's understandable that the conflict nearby scared people that wanted to visit Lebanon away, there's too much beauty to ignore. That is exactly what a 29-year-old photographer from Jezzine, Rami Rizk, is trying to show. In his 2018 photoseries "Lebanon like never seen before" Rizk showcases the beautiful landscape of the country, full of green trees spread across the mountains and valleys, cities knitted between land and sea, and the stunning architecture.

"I choose Lebanon because it's simply my land, my country, that I want to show the way I see it, and I want it to be perceived." the photographer told Bored Panda. If he could put together a message he is trying to convey with his photos it would be "love Lebanon because it's different than what you think. And that's what [he shows] in [his] captures".

Scroll down below to see the beauty that Rizk saw and captured for the world to see, and don't forget to comment and vote for your favorites.

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Ellen Daniels
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2 years ago

This forest appears to be a monoculture. What species of tree?

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John R.
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2 years ago

This looks wonderful! Like something out of a dream! What was this place before?

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Nabila Constantin
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2 years ago

Wow! Époustouflant!!!

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Daria B
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2 years ago

This one could as well be included in the comparisons list.

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chantal hawat
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2 years ago

Cedar tree (tree represented on Lebanese flag)

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Extremely inviting !!!

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Daria B
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2 years ago (edited)

A city by the waterfall? Wow, that's unusual. I'm so used to see waterfalls in separated nature parks, and even when they're within a city, again, they're in a park area.

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Sreenath
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2 years ago

Radiant beauty!

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

The statue is breathtaking workmanship !!!

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Paan Sy
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2 years ago

the ruins...

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chantal hawat
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2 years ago

Harissa, (statue of the virgin mary) protecting Lebanon.

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Mehyeddine Solh
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2 years ago

In beqaa valley?

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Bettina Jansen
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2 years ago

what are those odd trees ?

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Symtpom
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2 years ago

Guys i have an idea. Lets make a pool......on a lake

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Veri Rockt
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2 years ago

Wow, where is this?

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Farah Darwich
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2 years ago

Horsh Beirut, Beirut (capital) park

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chantal hawat
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2 years ago

Chouf region, home to beautiful mountains and red roofed houses

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chantal hawat
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2 years ago

Faraya, home to the highest peak in lebanon, chalets, and ski city in winter. Newly erected statue of St-Charbel watches over Lebanon.

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Cinzia Sammarco
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2 years ago

Are theme war ship?

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Amazing architecture !!!

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Excellent !!!

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Renae Hislop
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2 years ago

*Every movie producer rushes in*

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Extreme beauty, and photography !!!

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Nabila Constantin
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2 years ago

Mosquée et église l'une près de l'autre pour glorifier Dieu! Mosque and church close to each other to glorify God!

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Cinzia Sammarco
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2 years ago

Sounds like ancient times.

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Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

What amazing shadows!

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hot.doggeria
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2 years ago

Cool! (Omg that comment was so offensive omg better give it a kajillion downvotes)

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Ojberretta Berretta
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2 years ago

jesus is lord

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chantal hawat
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2 years ago

Jezzine town

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Breathtaking !!!

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alessandro francese
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2 years ago

krak des chevaliers?

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chantal hawat
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2 years ago

Zeituna Bay, yacht marina and restaurant area in downtown Beirut

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Excellent !!!

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Beauty in nature !!!

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Isog Sargent
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2 years ago

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Nice try, but despite your inclusion of every cross in the country, Hamas is too prevalent in Lebanon to be safe for a westerner.

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Cinzia Sammarco
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2 years ago

Are those Roman ruins?

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Annette Delgato
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2 years ago

I wish the photographer would put captions on all of these! At least just the place names

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Nabih Sader
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2 years ago

The Town of Becharreh, north Lebanon

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Nabila Constantin
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2 years ago

<3 <3 <3

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Renae Hislop
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2 years ago

Me :upvotes and saves all the photos

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chantal hawat
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2 years ago

Yesou3 el malak (Jesus the king) overlooking the highway, hotel and sea

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chantal hawat
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2 years ago

Harissa's church

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Peter Korsten
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2 years ago

This could have been taken in Malta...

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Memii H
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2 years ago

Saidaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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