Ru­ral retreat: Mtein vil­lage

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In the heart of Metn, Mtein vil­lage dates back to the 15th­cen­tury. The Le­banese gov­ern­ment rec­og­nized the im­por­tance of the vil­lage’s her­itage, is­su­ing a de­cree in 1957 that placed its his­toric sites un­der pro­tec­tion. Mtein vil­lage is no­table for its feu­dal ar­chi­tec­ture. The Abil­lama Emirs, who moved here at the start of the 16th Cen­tury, left be­hind many of their grand build­ings.

Sleep

Stay overnight in the Qon­tar Guest­house (04 295043, 03 236062), a grand palace that was once the

res­i­dence of Emir Qa­bal­an­abil­lamah.

Eat

In sum­mer­time Kheiral­lah restau­rant's (03 312288) won­der­ful ter­race can host hun­dreds of guests, and in win­ter the restau­rant moves to cozy in­door sur­round­ings.

See

Visit the cen­tral square, the an­cient silk fac­tory, win­ery, olive oil press, and Mir Abi La­maa tomb. The West Palace is no­table for its en­closed win­dow bal­cony and the South Palace for its door­way.

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