km from Beirut) - Roman Temple
Bziza village in the Koura plain east of Tripoli, is a well preserved Roman temple with
three of its frontal portico columns still standing. In Byzantine times a two-apse
church known as "Our Lady of the Columns", was built within its walls.
A short distance from the Roman temple is the barrel vaulted Byzantine chapel of St.
Elias which sits beneath two huge oak trees. On the right wall, near the altar, is a medieval
wall painting showing a halo and a portion of a saint's body. South of the temple a short walk
brings you to a series of rock cut tombs at road level.