The hike up to Hamatoura Monastery

The newly under-construction path leads to this Monastery of Hamatoura, which as you can see is built in a rocky hollow of a high cliff which overlooks Qadisha Valley. It is 84 km from Beirut, in Kousba region, North Lebanon.  Some folklore dates its construction to the eighth century and others to the fourth or fifth centuries. The Church altar is suggested to be be originated from a Roman temple that is supposed to occupy the site back then. However, such info could not be confirmed, but many facts point at its existence in the Crusader period.

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