In the hills of south Lebanon, near the border to Israel, the Lebanese government seems all too far away. It is not the army, but the Shia party Hezbollah that is in charge of this part of the country. The party operates a considerable amount of Iranian-trained soldiers and many Lebanese from all confessions consider the Hezbollah as guardians of their country, having defended it twice against the Israeli Defense forces.
In order to honour their efforts and numerous martyrs, the organisation decided to set up both a memorial and museum to boost tourism and commemoration. Also known as the “Tourist Landmark of the Resistance”, or “Museum for Resistance Tourism”, Mleeta doesn’t only serve as museum, but also as a communication platform and is supposed to grow into a full-size holiday resort with pools, restaurants and a hotel. Mleeta used to be an important forward operation base during the wars with Israel, and nowadays, where touristy infrastructure in Lebanon is rare and poor, the structure became quite popular as a weekend destination.