(1 Km from Batroun)
Just north of the coastal town of Batroun in the village of
Kubba is a gem of a Crusader chapel in its own wooded setting.
This 12th century chapel of the Holy Savior
is in excellent condition with a well-carved medieval portal,
barrel-vaulted construction and rough weathered stonework. The
interior is of simple design with white washed walls.
Below this church, at the foot of the hill,
lie remains of the little modern shrine of Mar Yaqoub (Saint
James). This was built on a Crusader-era church, which
itself was constructed in the emplacement of a Byznatine
church. The Byzantine church, in turn, was built with material
from a Roman temple. Look for an altar with a Roman
inscription and for some sculpted Byzantine stones.
On the other side of the coastal road are
some prehistoric caves, one of which was transformed into a
shrine dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.