4. CRAFT-IN­SPIRED GET­AWAY

Lebanon Traveler - - GETAWAYS - The crafts of Beit Chabab

A moun­tain vil­lage 24km north of Beirut, Beit Chabab has re­tained its tra­di­tional crafts of pot­tery, bell mak­ing and fab­ric into the mod­ern age. The only bell foundry in Le­banon, the crafts­men of the vil­lage cast the half-ton bronze bells in a sin­gle mold. The pot­tery work­shop turns out a se­lec­tion of pot­tery ware in­clud­ing huge stor­age jars tra­di­tion­ally used for stor­ing olive oil, preserving meat or age­ing arak. The na­tional tex­tile known as Dima, is the coun­try’s old­est and most fa­mous fab­ric in­dus­try that used to sup­ply the lo­cal mar­ket and be ex­ported.

SLEEP

Stay in Ain Aar at the (04 914442) or in Beit Chabab it­self, where you can take a ba­sic dor­mi­tory at (04 980882.) For full com­fort lovers, many ho­tels are avail­able in the nearby Bik­faya and Naas ar­eas.

EAT Qediss Mari­apo­lis Cen­ter

St. Peter and Paul Con­vent

In Beit Chabab taste the fa­mous fa­tayer

(04 980890, 71 184743) or at Le­banese lunch on one of the ter­races of in nearby Naas.

SEE

Furn El

filled with toma­toes and herbs at

(70 284265.) Eat a tra­di­tional (04 980979) or (04 983549)

Al Salam Bak­ery

Fadel

Tel­let Nasr

Stroll through Beit Chabab, pass­ing along nar­row streets and old stairs ( in­clud­ing the one fea­tured in 1967 film “Safar Bar­lik” star­ring Le­banese singer Fairouz.) Visit craft work­shops: pot­tery by Fawzi Fakhoury and bell mak­ing by the Naf­faa and Had­dad fam­i­lies. Also stop by the old­est church, Our Lady of the For­est, built in 1761. Lo­cal guide

(71 876398) can take you on a tour around the vil­lage.

Yam­mine

Wael

Naf­faa bell foundry. Photo: Myr­iam Shu­man

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