Smar Jbeil is one of the oldest villages in Lebanon.  It has a very old castle at the western entrance of the village built on a strategic hill. In the center of the village stands the old church of Saint Bassil and Nohra. It is constructed of mixed elements from a Roman temple and some later material, notably from medieval times.

 Close to Saint Nohra, an old little ruined chapel with a single nave could be seen, Our Lady of Gifts or Our Lady of Recues church. It is believed that this church is older than Saint Nohra’s church.

Our Lady of Rescues church in Smar Jbeil, is one of the oldest St Mary church in Lebanon and the East built during the Crusaders era in the Middle Ages. The roofless church had at its vicinity an old Oak tree that is covering with its branches the church. 

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