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Baalbek, Lebanon

The Temple of Bacchus at Baalbek, a World Heritage site, is one of the best preserved and grandest Roman temple ruins in the world. It and its ornamentation served as an influential model for Neoclassical architecture.

The temple was commissioned by Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius and designed by an unknown architect and built close to the courtyard in front of the larger temple of the syncretic figure of Jupiter-Baal. The period of construction is generally considered between 150 AD to 250 AD

In 1984, several ruins of Baalbek, including the Temple of Bacchus, were inscribed as a World Heritage Site.

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Our Lady of Hawqa Monastery.

Father Dario Escobar, an 84-year-old Maronite monk from Colombia took residence in the mountainside 18 years ago.

Dario heard about the Qadisha Valley’s from a Lebanese priest he met in Miami after joining the Maronite Church.

The Qadisha Valley, is scattered with monasteries and hermitages, has long been a haven for Christians seeking solitude and safety.

The cliffside sanctuary was built in the late 13th century, to reach the monastery you have to hike around 45min down the cliffside of the valley.

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Bekaa Kafra, Lebanon

Bekaa Kafra is a Lebanese village located in the Bsharri District in Northern Lebanon.

Bekaa Kafra is located in front of the village of Bsharri across the Kadisha Valley. It is the highest Village in Lebanon sitting at 1750m above sea level . This little village of traditional and well-preserved rural houses and slender streets, and is also the birthplace of Lebanon’s Marionite saint, St Charbel, whose house is now a museum - art gallery.

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Douma, Lebanon

Douma is a small village located about 80km north of Beirut, and is about 1000m above sea level. 

In the early 1700's saw the christians come to Douma in hope of getting better crop. Most of the housing in Douma were built between 1881 and 1914. About 300 of the houses in Douma are your typical Lebanese style house.

Douma is famous for it's local Halawa, turkish delight and Zahlawi ice cream. The Souk in Douma is famous for its old souk which has been preserved it's traditions. The souk offers various shops which sell local arts and crafts. 

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Chouwen, Lebanon

Chouwen is located 40km away from Beirut and is 600m above sea level. Jannet Chouwen is one of the most picturesque places in Lebanon. The stream runs down the mountain and flows into the "Nahr-Ibrahim" river better known as the river of the god Adonis. 

In Jannet Chouwen you will experience alot of life's pleasures - hiking, nature, relaxation and for the courageous people you may also like to swim, be sure to pack your swimsuit.

Around hiking trip is about 3 hours (back and fourth) if you would like further information please email nicola@explorelebanontours.com

Explore Lebanon Tours operate Daily Tours to Chouwen 

Hardine, Lebanon

Hardine, the rock of faith and religion - The first village to know christianity in the Mount of Lebanon. It is about 1100m above sea level and is is surrounded by thick forest. 

Hardine has over 30 Monastries, churches and hermitages still standing or were restored.

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