Beirut Before and After
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This village, which goes back to the Middle Ages, is known
for its old souk and picturesque main square, or "Midan",
where the entire village gathers on long summer evenings.
The village Church preserves the mummified body of Yousef
Karam, national hero of the 19th Century. A little further
on, convent of Saint Sarkis has several small chapels, the
oldest dating to the 13th and 14th Centuries. There is also
the chapel of Saint Mamas built in 794. The village is
dominated by Saydet el Hosn (Our Lady of the Citadel), which
was probably built upon the remains of an ancient building.
From its terrace is a magnificent view of the Cedar Grove
and the valley extending all the way to Tripoli and the sea.
Horsh Ehden, one of the most beautiful nature reserves in
Lebanon, protects rare of trees, plants, flowers and
The Cedars village is now a ski resort that offers the most
complete combination of slopes, valleys and exposures.
Furthermore, it has chalets, hotels, ski lifts and varied
night life. Tourist will surely enjoy their stay and seize
the opportunity to visit Qadisha Grotto which is nearby,
known for its stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Moreover, they can explore Bsharre, the birthplace and
resting place of Lebanon's celebrated
philosopher-artist-poet Gebran Khalil Gebran.
About a kilometer further on is the famous cedar grove where
the road is lined with the inevitable souvenir stands and
small restaurants. The same road continues to the ski area
at 2,066 meters and goes over the mountain and down into the
The Cedars is a resort for all seasons. In summer the high
elevation make it wonderful escape from the humid coast
while in winter skiing is the favorite activity.