Em­bark on a spir­i­tual jour­ney

Lebanon Traveler - - TOURING LEBANON -

The vil­lage of Has­roun is pre­dom­i­nantly Ma­ronite, known for its many his­toric re­li­gious sites that draw crowds of pil­grims each year. One of the ear­li­est texts men­tion­ing the vil­lage dates back to the late 13th cen­tury in Bishop Abraham Al-ha­dathy’s writ­ings. It doc­u­ments the in­va­sion of Has­roun and the per­se­cu­tion of its peo­ple, sug­gest­ing that the vil­lage was pop­u­lated even prior to that time. The church of St. Jude is one of the most im­por­tant ar­chae­o­log­i­cal land­marks to visit and some sources trace its con­struc­tion back to Cru­sader times. St. Jude, one of the 12 Apos­tles of Je­sus, is also the Pa­tron Saint of Has­roun, thus the church holds great sym­bolic value. It is char­ac­ter­ized by a short bell tower and a low, arched en­trance, carved out of the stone wall that sur­rounds it. Next to St. Jude is Al Say­deh church. Built in the 19th cen­tury it was ren­o­vated in 1918, its clock and ar­cade added in 1924. The bell rings on the hour, five min­utes past and half past. An­other mech­a­nism marks the day of the month. The clock has to be winded man­u­ally twice a week. A short walk from Has­roun is the Pa­tri­ar­chate of the Ma­ronite church, lo­cated at the top of the moun­tain in Di­mane. The build­ing was con­structed in 1938 and of­fers spec­tac­u­lar views of the Qadisha Val­ley.

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