Since I’ve travelled a lot in the south of Lebanon, it was about time for a tour into it’s northern regions. Sven, Victoria and me headed for Enfe on a saturday morning. During our tour, we visited several monasteries.
Saydet El-Rih is the oldest church in Enfe and was built in the byzantine era. I really enjoyed my time here. The landscape and the architecture reminded me somehow of my stay in the Provence. Olive trees and many many green plants are a nice change from the concrete-ness of Beirut.
We walked downstairs to a look-out.
The Mediterranean Sea was showing us it’s best side that day.
Cliffside we found a little chapel.
People came from time to time and prayed here for a while.
Inside the atrium, organic products have been sold. Since it’s difficult to find local organic products here, I tried a fig and sesame jam. 500 grams for a price of 7.000 LBP, which is about 3,50 euros – seems like a fair price to me. Next time I’ll take more of these little glasses, since I fell in love with the taste of the jam. Definitely worth a visit !
The sun enlightened the atrium.
After a lunch break in the region around Balamand, we came across the Balamand Monastery. We had to wait a bit to enter, since it’s a famous place for weddings. But after a couple of minutes, we took a tour through the church and it’s little alleys.
The whole place was more like a manor than a church to me. I loved the mediterranean influence.
Inside the chapel: religious symbols.
Photo of the day. I have to come here again, with a bit more time to calm down and to visit the landscape and some other little villages around Enfe and Balamand.
The monastery was founded in 1157. I’m curious how much of it’s architecture is still original.