Monday, June 18

Moussa Castle and Deir el Qamar

Lebanon is a country in the Middle East...boarded by Syria, Israel, and the Mediterranean Sea.  While Arabic is the official national language, French is also common.  However, most people speak Lebanese Arabic, which is a  mixture of Arabic and French.

The country's national emblem is the cedar tree, which is also featured on the Lebanese flag.  In ancient times, massive cedar forests were common.  Today, there are several nature reserves dedicated to cedar trees, including the Chouf Reserve and the Forest of the Cedars of God near Bsharri.

While Chouf is a nature reserve, it's also a district in Lebanon, which is located south-east of Beirut.  Within the Chouf District, there are the villages of Deir el Qamar and Beit ed Dine.

Deir el Qamar (which translates to the Monastery of the Moon) is a village in south-central Lebanon.  Within the village, there's the Fakhreddine Mosque, Fakhreddine II Palace, Deir el Qamar Synagogue, and Mount of the Cross.

 Deir el Qamar.

About five kilometers from Deir el Qamar, there's Beit ed Dine (which translates to House of Religion) and also known as Beiteddine.  This village, located about fifty kilometers south-east of Beirut, is famous of the Beiteddine Palace.

Moussa Castle is located between Deir el Qamar and Beit ed Dine.  This castle was built by entirely by Moussa Abdel Karim Al-Maamari, who is considered to be a Lebanese visionary.  Moussa Castle was completed after sixty years and 394,200 hours of work.  According to Lebanon: The Museums brochure, Moussa Castle is "a realized dream (1945-2006) of a single-handed Lebanese artist: Moussa Maamari.  A middle-aged like castle and a museum exhibiting hydraulic and mobile statues sampling Lebanese heritage and traditions, as well as a unique large collection of weapons."

 Moussa Castle.


 Elizabeth at Moussa Castle.

 Moussa Castle.

Recently, my husband and I traveled to Lebanon for a few weeks.  We had such a lovely time...visiting with family and friends, as well as exploring the country, including the Chouf District, Moussa Castle, and Deir el Qamar.

Here's a photo slideshow of Moussa Castle, Deir el Qamar, and the Chouf District, as well as a video clip from Moussa Castle:

 Moussa Castle, Deir el Qamar, and the Chouf District.

  Moussa Castle.


Here's a list of my recent blog posts, regarding Lebanon: 
  • To view my Beirut, Lebanon blog post (which includes photos and video clips of the Martyrs' Square, Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, Roman Columns at the Garden of Forgiveness, Nejmeh Square, Hamidiyi Clock Tower, Saint George Cathedral, Imam Ouzai Square, and Samir Kassir Garden), please click HERE.
  • To view my Shopping in Beirut blog post (which includes photos of City Mall, ABC Mall, Kaslik Street, Beirut Souks, Le Mall, and Arax Street), please click HERE.
  • To view my Dining in Beirut blog post (which includes photos of Sea Sweet Patisserie, Wooden Bakery, Si Bon Cafe, Douaihy Sweets, Dandanat Cafe, Kozaily Shop, Eco Juice, Waterlemon, Themes, Manazer, Makhlouf and Barbar), please click HERE.
  • To view my Bourj Hammoud blog post (which includes photos of the Bourj Hammoud district in Beirut), please click HERE.
  • To view my Teleferique and Our Lady of Lebanon blog post (which includes photos and video clips of the Teleferique in Jounieh and Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa), please click HERE.
  • To view my Zaitunay Bay and Raouché blog post (which includes photos of Zaitunay Bay, Raouché, Corniche, and Pigeons' Rock), please click HERE.


And I still have plenty of photos and video clips to share in upcoming blog posts.  :) 

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