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(
132 km from Beirut) - Rock-Cut Monastery

In the Qadisha valley is the cave monastery and church of Mar Antonios Qouzhayya. One of the largest monasteries in the valley, it has been in continuous use since the early Middle Ages. In the cave of saint Antoine near the entrance you can see the chains that were used to hold victims of insanity in an attempt to cure them. The facade of the church is manmade but the interior is fashioned from a natural cave with carved niches.

In the 16th-17th centuries the monks of Qouzhayya imported Lebanon's first printing presses which were used to print the Psalms in Syriac. A later press, purchased in 1871, can be seen in a museum which also houses a collection of sacred and ethnographic objects. At the entrance to the museum a shop sells books and religious souvenirs.






 


Getting There ...
From Beirut, head north towards Chekka, some 68km, and then turn right at the highway that leads to Amyoun passing through Kfar Hazir Amyoun and Kousba before you reach Tourza. (
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