The entrance to the complex. Mleeta is situated in the Lebanese mountains bordering its neighbour Israel in the south.
The entrance to the complex. Mleeta is situated in the Lebanese mountains bordering its neighbour Israel in the south.
Nowadays the site of Mleeta suffers from a lack of visitors. The flow of people has steadily decreased since the museum was opened on May 25th, 2010.
Nowadays the site of Mleeta suffers from a lack of visitors. The flow of people has steadily decreased since the museum was opened on May 25th, 2010.
Various facilities, including a big ceremonial hall, can be found on site. Apart from serving its obvious purpose as a museum, Mleeta also serves as a communication platform for exchange with other Shia parties and guests from abroad for its proprietor, the Lebanese Shia party Hezbollah.
Various facilities, including a big ceremonial hall, can be found on site. Apart from serving its obvious purpose as a museum, Mleeta also serves as a communication platform for exchange with other Shia parties and guests from abroad for its proprietor, the Lebanese Shia party Hezbollah.
Visitors are taking a closer look at "The Abyss", the site's main attraction. The Abyss features machinery like tanks and heavy vehicles collected from two wars with the Israeli army.
Visitors are taking a closer look at "The Abyss", the site's main attraction. The Abyss features machinery like tanks and heavy vehicles collected from two wars with the Israeli army.
Two foreign visitors are enjoying a tour with a museum guide next to "The Abyss". Guides are available in English, French, Persian, and of course in Arabic.
Two foreign visitors are enjoying a tour with a museum guide next to "The Abyss". Guides are available in English, French, Persian, and of course in Arabic.
The Abyss' main exhibit is an Israeli Merkava tank, which was damaged by Hezbollah and abandoned by its crew in the 2006 war.
The Abyss' main exhibit is an Israeli Merkava tank, which was damaged by Hezbollah and abandoned by its crew in the 2006 war.
A foreign visitor talks with a museum guide in front of an Israeli tank driving up against a yellow barrier featuring Hezbollah's secretary general Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.
A foreign visitor talks with a museum guide in front of an Israeli tank driving up against a yellow barrier featuring Hezbollah's secretary general Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.
A trench that served as a place for worship is equipped with two Kalashnikov rifles and a portrait of former secretary general Abbas al Moussawi, who was assassinated by Israeli Defense Forces in 1982.
A trench that served as a place for worship is equipped with two Kalashnikov rifles and a portrait of former secretary general Abbas al Moussawi, who was assassinated by Israeli Defense Forces in 1982.
A puppet posing as a Hezbollah fighter in camouflage reads a Qu'ran within a bunker complex that enabled Hezbollah to hide from Israeli airforce and shelling for a long period of time.
A puppet posing as a Hezbollah fighter in camouflage reads a Qu'ran within a bunker complex that enabled Hezbollah to hide from Israeli airforce and shelling for a long period of time.
At this point of the tour, the visitor is left with a rather peculiar choice.
At this point of the tour, the visitor is left with a rather peculiar choice.
During the tour, Mleeta tries to set up a realistic scenario what the mountain used to look like in times of active conflict. Here, a Hezbollah soldier can be spotted wandering in a forest.
During the tour, Mleeta tries to set up a realistic scenario what the mountain used to look like in times of active conflict. Here, a Hezbollah soldier can be spotted wandering in a forest.
A young visitor of Mleeta takes aim with one of the exhibits.
A young visitor of Mleeta takes aim with one of the exhibits.
Not only Shiite, but all kinds of Lebanese people regard the Shia party Hezbollah as a vital guardian of Lebanon, having defended the south of the country twice.
Not only Shiite, but all kinds of Lebanese people regard the Shia party Hezbollah as a vital guardian of Lebanon, having defended the south of the country twice.
Secretary general of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, looks at visitors inside the museum's main hall. The board explains, how and where in Israel the party would retaliate, if Israel would attack Lebanon once again.
Secretary general of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, looks at visitors inside the museum's main hall. The board explains, how and where in Israel the party would retaliate, if Israel would attack Lebanon once again.
Ammunition collected from the 2006 July war with Israel is on display in the museum hall.
Ammunition collected from the 2006 July war with Israel is on display in the museum hall.
The museum hall has been extended over the years since it was opened. Israeli spy equipment and several drones used by Hezbollah can be seen among others.
The museum hall has been extended over the years since it was opened. Israeli spy equipment and several drones used by Hezbollah can be seen among others.
With Lebanon being short of infrastructure to spend leisure time, Mleeta's vast perimeter offers Lebanese people a welcome opportunity to spend free time.
With Lebanon being short of infrastructure to spend leisure time, Mleeta's vast perimeter offers Lebanese people a welcome opportunity to spend free time.
Two drones formerly operated by Hezbollah are on display in the outside compound of Mleeta.
Two drones formerly operated by Hezbollah are on display in the outside compound of Mleeta.
A foreign visitor reads a sign quoting Hezbollah's secretary general Hassan Nasrallah in Arabic and English.
A foreign visitor reads a sign quoting Hezbollah's secretary general Hassan Nasrallah in Arabic and English.
Like any other museum, Mleeta has a gift shop. Unlike other museums, it offers souvenirs featuring logos and ideas from an organisation that is branded a terrorist organisation by most western countries.
Like any other museum, Mleeta has a gift shop. Unlike other museums, it offers souvenirs featuring logos and ideas from an organisation that is branded a terrorist organisation by most western countries.
Images of Mleeta and Hezbollah's leader are found on several souvenirs next to a shelf offering snacks.
Images of Mleeta and Hezbollah's leader are found on several souvenirs next to a shelf offering snacks.
An enlarged copy of a rifle round serves as donation box for supporting the Islamic resistance.
An enlarged copy of a rifle round serves as donation box for supporting the Islamic resistance.
Flags of Hezbollah are waving during dusk on a road to Mleeta in Lebanon.
Flags of Hezbollah are waving during dusk on a road to Mleeta in Lebanon.