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(42 Km from Batroun)

    Tannourine lies in a splendidly beautiful area near the mountain of the same name. The village also shares its name with a cedar forest of some 60,000 trees. These cedars can be seen along the road that goes north to Hadath al-jobbe, which, although in poor condition, wends its way through wild and isolated scenery up to the Qadisha gorge.

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



    The Village of Balaa in the Tannourine area is known for its large sink hole. (Ask for directions to the balouaa). 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. This is a pleasant place for a picnic as well.
Along a pretty river al Jouze, 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.

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