Unesco had honored Kannoubine Valley or Qadisha Valley by featuring it on the cover of its Magazine, World Heritage. Check full magazine here. CLICK HERE

Qadisha  one of the deepest and most beautiful val­leys in Lebanon, is indeed a world apart. At the bottom of this Wild steep-sided gorse runs the Qadisha River whose source is in the Qadisha Grotto at the foot of the Cedars. And above the famous Cedar grove stands Qornet es Sawda, Lebanon’s highest peak.

The word ‘Qadisha” comes from a Semitic root meaning ‘holy” and Wadi Qadisha is the Holy Valley.” Filled with caves and rock shel­ters inhabited from the third millennium B.C. to the Roman peri­od, the valley is scattered with cave chapels, hermitages and monasteries cut from rock.

Since the Early Middle Ages genera­tions of monks, hermits, ascetics and anchorites found asylum here. These religious men, who belonged to the various confessions that grew  out of medieval controversies over the nature of Christ, included the Nestorians, Monophysites, Chalcedonians and Monothelites. Even Moslem Soufis were found in this valley. They prayed in many languages: Greek. Arabic. Syriac and Ethiopian.

Our hike today was to Our Lady of Kannoubine Monastery, the oldest Maronite Monastery in Lebanon and the first siege of the Maronite Patriarch.

We went down the valley from Bcharre, because the Valley had 3 main car routes. We reach down the valley with our private car, but to go deeper in the valley we needed to have a 4×4 cars or simply you can rent a special car that you could find at the entrance of the sandy road that lead you to the monastery.

 

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1- That’s a funny car, children were so excited…

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2- Taking the ride to the heart of the Holly Valley. Love it…

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3- Nour was so happy having a sunbath.

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4- We finished our crazy bumpy ride and time to hike

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5- Shhh….Silence .

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6- We are almost there.

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7- We arrived to Deir Kannoubine Monastery, the oldest Maronite Monastery in Lebanon and the first siege of Maronite Patriarch

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8- Breathtaking Monastery in the heart of  the Holly Valley that was siege for Maronites Patrirches from 15th to 19th centuries.

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9- Frescoes that go back to 18th-19th centuries decorating the church of Qannoubine Monastery.