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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. 

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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

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We walked downstairs to a look-out.

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The Mediterranean Sea was showing us it’s best side that day.

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Cliffside we found a little chapel.

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People came from time to time and prayed here for a while.

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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 !

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The sun enlightened the atrium.

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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.

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The whole place was more like a manor than a church to me. I loved the mediterranean influence.

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Inside the chapel: religious symbols.

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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.

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The monastery was founded in 1157. I’m  curious how much of it’s architecture is still original.

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