Lebanonpanorama: Visit Lebanon online!
www.lebanonpanorama.com was especially designed
by lawyer and web designer William MATAR to arouse the curiosity of
both the Lebanese living here and abroad, as well as foreigners, in
discovering the most beautiful cities and regions of Lebanon online.
'Echo' will tell you more about this site through an interview with
How did the idea of lebanonpanorama.com
The idea actually started after designing
www.lebanonart.com in 1997, especially dedicated to artist Joseph Matar,
and www.lebanonart.net in 1999, which is a 'façade' to all sorts
of arts. Due to the feedback we received about people wanting to see
Lebanon through those websites, I had the idea of designing a website
especially conceived for people who would like to see the various areas
and regions of Lebanon online.
What is so special about lebanonpanorama.com?
Lebanonpanorama.com consists of several
pictures of several areas of Lebanon, which can be rotated up to 360
degrees, and which one can zoom or even penetrate by merely using a
mouse. In addition, an informative text accompanies each of these pictures
to give clear and concise information of the area or region depicted.
How would you define lebanonpanorama.com?
I would say in short that lebanonpanorama.com
is a virtual touristic guide of Lebanon, where the Internet surfer could
enjoy seeing a complete view of certain regions and read information
about them by just browsing the site.
What are the steps that one takes
to familiarize with the site?
First, one has the choice between an
English or French version of the site. If a person happens to choose
English, for example, he or she will see an interactive map representing
the different areas of Lebanon. Let's say that person chooses Beirut,
he or she clicks on the 'Beirut' location and enters a page especially
designed for several touristic sites of the city. Once he or she decides
to view one of the pictures available, he or she is able to enter the
picture and rotate it up to 360 degrees, and to even enter the picture
to see it more detailed. He or she is then free to read the information
accompanying the picture.
How does lebanonpanorama.com differ
from other similar sites?
Actually, lebanonpanorama.com is the
only site on the World Wide Web that depicts a whole country virtually,
which gives it its unique feature.
Do you plan to add anything to the
site in the future?
Yes of course. Eventually, we're thinking
of adding a special section about hotels, clubs, restaurants in Lebanon
We're also thinking adding a links section for the best sites in Lebanon
that might be of benefit to the users.
What would young people benefit from
by browsing the site?
Many people residing in Lebanon admit
not knowing the country's touristic sites very well. For this reason,
they might benefit from lebanonpanorama.com by discovering those sites
and reading about them. And who knows? They might be encouraged to go