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Hiking in Smar Jbeil with Dale Corazon on Sunday January 12, 2014

This hike is wonderful. First, we will visit a historical church and the citadel of Smar Jbeil, and then we will hike in Jrabta village, visit LBC’s premises where ‘El Wadi’ was filmed, the Monastery and the Museum of St. Rafqa and the ancient Al Qattine Monastery. The hidden treasures and beauty of Lebanon are yet to be unveiled.
HIKING LEVEL. 1 to 3 for easy, 4 to 6 for intermediate, 7 to 9 for strenuous
The hike will be divided in 2 Levels: 4 and 5.
Our journey will start in Smar Jbeil. This name is the derivate of the Phoenician language, which means “the guardian of Jbeil”.
We Will see the historical church “Al Sayde” (Ste Mary) built in the 6th Century, and then we will head to the Citadel (Crusader Caste) built in the 12Th century. It has around 367 wells carved into the rocks and deep tunnels connecting the castle to the neighboring valleys. The citadel dates back to the Phoenician era, it was then occupied by the Romans. Also first Patriarch Saint John Maron (685 A.C.) lived in Smar Jbeil castle before moving to Kfarhay. After the Crusades, the village entered under the Mamluks rule in the 13th century, followed by the Ottomans in 1516 AC. The Castle had a main tower showing the entire Mediterranean coast from Jounieh to Tripoli.
After the visit level 4 (7Km) will take the bus to St. Rafqa Monastery, visit the museum.
Level 5 (10Km) will start his hike passing through Ghouma, Mrah el Ziyyat and the location where LBC filmed “El Wadi’ The path is mostly flat and descending. Now arrived to St Rafqa in Jrabta, everyone will hike in the forest to reach a small church in the middle of the mountain surrounded by trees; we will cross an old spring.
After lunch, will continue walking together in stretch way to Deir el Qattine in Sghar. It is an old and historical Byzantine Church, atop a hill overlooking beautiful views, also known as Saydet el Bzaz, stand inside three caves, with an altar, arcades, arches, and ruins.
“Sghar” means small in Phoenician language. Sghar is home to some Phoenician stone sarcophagi, as well as many historical churches and monasteries.
We promise you very good & joyful hike; don’t hesitate to book yourself for this event. You will fell in love with these sites.
WHERE THE HIKE : Smar Jbeil – Jrebta - Sghar/Batroun/ In the North
300-450 meters above sea level, 3 km from Kfifan
WHEN: Sunday, December 29, 2013
ENCOUNTER PLACE: Mar Maroun Church Parking, Dora @ 7:30 AM
OUR PRICE: 30,000 LL per person including transport, insurance and guides. Special price 25,000 LL for young under 18 years old or group of 5 persons.
WHAT TO GET: Get some light snacks that will boost up your energy such as dried fruits. Pack your backpacks with lunch, water, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Don't forget to get a jacket. Wear comfortable walking shoes, preferably hiking shoes (Professional brand is recommended). DC members get a 20% discount on sports equipment in Sports 4 Ever branches.
There will be a breakfast stop along the way.

FOR RESERVATION AND INFO: Please Call 00961-70-986118

Note: Ecotourism Rules should be followed like Safety regulations. Otherwise all accidents will not be recognized by the insurance. And occasionally, due to reasons beyond our control, slight modifications to the event may occur.

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Dale Corazon.
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The Castle (citadel) was built in the center of the village (Samar Jbeil), on a hill showing the entire neighborhood. Most of the historians recognize that the castle was built by the Phoenicians, and was under the Persian Empire control in 555 B.C.
It passed to the hands of Alexander of Macedon's (the Great) in 331 B.C. In the Middle Ages, the Maronites and their army the Maradaites took the castle as a refuge and it was the Seat of the First Maronite Catholic Patriarch Saint John Maron before he moved to Kfarhay.

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