Lebanon incorporates a powerful mix of cultures and traditions, mountain ski resorts, Roman ruins and Islamic architecture, bikini-clad beachgoers and women in head-to-toe chadors. Lebanon is an ancient land that has been at the heart of the growth of two of the world’s major religions, Christianity and Islam. For centuries, diverse religious traditions have shared this land, creating a rich mosaic of religious beliefs and a unique multicultural society. Lebanon has many public and private museums spread all over the country and some are found inside archaeological sites at Beiteddine, Baalbek, and Byblos, or inside monasteries and religious shrines. Beirut is a cosmopolitan and modern city and the home of more than 1 million people.