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(Historic Town 56 km)

Moukhtara is an important Shouf town where many traditional houses still stand. The palatial residence of Druze leader Walid Jumblat was built over an earlier structure, with the most recent changes completed in the mid-19th century. Composed of three buildings in a lovely green setting, the style combines Italian influences with the oriental. The palace was damaged in battles between the Jumblats and Emir Bechir II in 1825, but it was rebuilt soon afterwards.

Beyond Moukhtara you'll find an exotic waterfall restaurant at Ain Murshed. In summer a table near the falls, where the water slips over mossy stone and fern, will ensure you a pleasantly cool place to dine.

Moukhtara: Jumblat's Residence

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