Silk Mills and
(28 km from Halba)
Located at the extreme end
of the Mount Lebanon range in the Akkar area, this now
bustling town was, some 90 years ago, a silk-rich community of
only a few thousand people.
Two vestiges of these days still exist: the
abandoned silk reeling factory and the mansion of the Daher
family. This beautiful home has an ornate portal with relief
carvings of stylized lions which were borrowed from a Mamluke
monument in the region, probably Akkar al-Atiqa.
Near the silk mill is an Italian style
church and school dedicated to St. George. Several kilometers
outside the town is a recently reconstructed old church that
was built from Roman temple elements.
Ask for directions to the St. Shalleeta
Church in the town. This is built on a single vaulted apse and
has a niche inside with interesting carved pieces, including
two stones with incomplete Greek inscriptions. The pieces were
found during reconstruction.