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  1-From Msaylha to Anfe :

Anfeh is an old village, situated on the northern coast, 8 km before reaching Tripoli. It is known for its many medieval churches and its famous salt marshes. The new excavation, done by the university of Balamand-Koura, unearthed some very interesting historical layers.

The visit starts at the Monastery of Dayr El Natour , guided by Sister Catherine thanwe. Then we will walk to the salt marshes where the sea salt is extracted in the traditional way. Mar Semaan and Saint Catherine, two crusader churches, will make the second stop.

Next, we head for Saydet-El Rih, which is the oldest church in the area. There we can visit the renovated frescoes, the well, the cisterns and the discovered mosaics.

Then passing through the « Greek Village » and the « Khandaq », we will reach the promontory, where most of the excavations took place.

 


2- Msaylha –Batrun

Option 1 (SEASIDE)
We start the visit next to the Roman Theater, then walk through the narrow old streets to the fishermen harbor. After visiting the Saint Stephano and the Greek Orthodox church we continue walking till we reach the remains of the crusader castle. From there we walk toward the seaside to visit the church of Saydet al Bihar and walk near the « Phoenician Wall ».

Option 2 – (Hiking from Msaylha to Batrun, we would need a bus only to come back)
The hike starts from the Msaylha Castle through the olive tree plantations to reach the town of Batrun. We walk through the narrow old streets to the fishermen harbor. After visiting the Saint Stephano and the Greek Orthodox church we continue walking till we reach the remains of the crusader castle. From there we walk toward the seaside to visit the church of Saydet al Bihar and walk near the « Phoenician Wall ». Then we walk back to visit the Roman Theater. The return is by bus.


  3-HILL SIDE-By bus

DayrKaftoun-the TheotokosMonastery, which houses a medieval church with its renovated frescoes and a unique two-sided Byzantine Icon of the 11th century.

Attine el Adem, which is a prehistorical cave Boqsmaya where we visit the medieval church of Mar Semaan, built with Roman blocks Kfarshlayman A tiny medieval paintd church with a breath taking view on the coast

 

  Hamat- Monasteries and churches

By bus (the tour may take 3.30 to 4.00 hours
Monastery and church of Sayedet Al nouriyyeh
Monastery and church of Our Lady of the Dormition 17th cent.
Monastery of St Semaan
St Elie –Medieval, restored during the 19th cent
Chapel of St Georges-Medieval –restored during the 19th cent
Chapel of St Dimitri (Mar Mitr) –Medieval –Ruins
Chapel of Saydet El Hershiyyeh-19th cent.
Ruins of Saydet Al Kharayeb-Medieval

 

     
     

Special thanks to Archaeologist Rita Kalindjian for writing the above itineraries.

 

 

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