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Citadel of Sidon - As It Appeared on Year 1810. It was built by the Crusadors in the early 13th century.  
Painting Of The Citadel of Sidon  

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Tibnine's Castle

Tibnine Castle

Not many people know about the Crusader castle in the southern village of Tibnine, but it's well worth the long trip to get there.



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Tannourine Profile

Altitude: 1500m
Distance from Beirut: 75km

Getting There

From Beirut, take the highway toward the north of Lebanon, Nahr El Kalb tunnel, Jounieh, Jbeil, head east towards A'nnaya (follow Tannourine's sign), Ehmej, Laklouk. At the main road in Laklouk turn left (follow Tannourine's sign).

Cedars of Tannourine

General Information

Tannourine, a Syriac word that means many tannours, a tannour is an old stone oven, the first people that came to the village founded many tannours in Tannourine al faw2a at first and later they founded more tannours down the valley and they called it Tannourine el ta7ta.

Tannourine lies in a splendidly beautiful area near the mountain of the same name. The area is rocky and mountainous with sharp slopes and a deep valley (Ain El Raha).

The village also shares its name with a cedar forest of some 60,000 trees. The most abundant and sacred trees are the Cedars and this area is distinctive as native land for Cedrus Libani. These cedars can be seen along the road that goes north to Hadath al-Jebbeh, which, although in poor condition, winds its way through wild and isolated scenery up to the Qadisha gorge.

Other companion trees like Cupressus, Pinus, Abies, Populus and other constitute a very rich ecosystem in planter species. The fauna described as being present in this type of unique ecosystem renage from the various types of birds (eagles, owls, robins, etc...) to wild animals (hyenas, boars, squirrels, snakes and bats).

Tannourine Snow   The Village of Balaa in the Tannourine area is known for its large sink hole. A 300 meter walk brings you to a dizzying open cavern some 250 meters deep. Three natural bridges - the middle one is the most spectacular - complete the scene.

And if you visit in spring you'll also discover an impressive waterfall some 90 meters high. Besides the sink hole, which will occupy a good deal of time, the surrounding hills invite exploration.

In and around Tannourine village are numerous scattered remnants from pre-Roman, Roman and Byzantine times. The Crusader Church of Mar Challita is further evidence of its long history and even today the saint is honored in an annual feast on August 20.

Along the pretty river (Nahr al Joze), which runs through the wooded Valley of Tannourine are many attractive restaurants offering Lebanese food. More good restaurants in natural settings are found round Laqlouq.

Tannourine is well known for its ancient monasteries; specially the convents of St. Shallitah and St. Antonios Hoob.










Information From the Ministry of Tourism

Lebanese Ministry of Tourism

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