This district in
the extreme north of the Beqaa Valley has a number of
intriguing sights. The Hermel Pyramid, 27 meters high, can be
seen for miles in every direction. Three of its faces are
carved with hunting scenes that suggest the pyramid-topped
structure is a tomb, probably of a Syrian price of the 1st ir
2nd century BC.
A few kilometers
further on is the Mar Maroun Monastery, a rock-cut refuge in
three levels. This is said to be the temporary refuge of the
successors of Saint Maroun, founder of the Maronite Christian
sect in the 5th century AD.
Below these imposing remains is the "Blue Source" of
the Aasi River with its blue-tinted water. The stream flows
through a lush riverside oasis in a landscape of dramatic but
Further north are the Dirdara falls, wide fast-flowing rapids.
At their base are several outdoor restaurants where diners can
enjoy the cool atmosphere of rushing water.