Re­li­gious Get­away: Maad

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The small vil­lage of Maad is home to the 10th Cen­tury church of St Char­bel, known for the unique fres­cos that adorn its north­ern room. The orig­i­nal struc­ture may even date back to the 6th Cen­tury; it was built on the foun­da­tions of a Ro­man tem­ple and many ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments and col­umns of the tem­ple re­main. Go with lo­cal guides Ghalieh Hajj (09 750139) or Rene Habib (09 750142) for an au­then­tic Maad ex­pe­ri­ence. Sleep Spend a re­lax­ing night at Beit El Ka­hen, The House of the Priest (Rev­erend Toufic Abou Hadir 09 750370, 03 288211; www.beit­elka­hen.com). Eat En­joy a manoushe at Snack El Day’a (09 750142). See Visit the his­toric churches of Maad, Saint Char­bel and Saint Rafqa, tra­di­tional old houses with fres­cos (Naoum A Hajj 09 750063, 09 750001) and the unique snail farm of fa­mous Le­banese singer Tony Hanna.

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