Re­li­gious roots: Say­det Kaftoun

Lebanon Traveler - - IN FOCUS BEIRUT -

The Ara­maic and Syr­iac lan­guage roots of the name of the vil­lage Kaftoun sug­gest it was named af­ter the domed Theotokos Monastery, carved in the red rock cliffs by the banks of the Jaouz River. Ex­plore the monastery of Say­det El Nourieh and en­joy the sun­set over­look­ing Chekka bay. Take the small trail to­ward the 4th Cen­tury con­vent nested in the mid­dle of the cliff. Sleep Stay in the peace­ful small Ha­mat-based ho­tel Theo­dos (06 730030). Eat En­joy tra­di­tional mezze next to the Nahr El Joz River at Moutazah Nahr El Joz (03 675064). See The three re­cently re­stored 6th Cen­tury churches of Kaftoun, Saint Phokas Church, the Church of Saint Sergius and Bac­chus fea­ture mar­velous me­dieval fres­cos and the Theotokos Monastery houses an 11th Cen­tury Byzan­tine icon. For a hike dis­cov­er­ing old bridges and wa­ter mills go with lo­cal guide Mitri Sarkis (03 464076.)

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