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Hermel, Hermel district

Al Qamou'h (Obelisk) is a 26-meter high stone tower capped with a pyramid, which can be spotted from miles away, located on a hilltop some 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) away from Hermel in Bekaa. Its exact significance has yet to be ascertained. Some say it was raised in memory of a Syrian prince who had a passion for hunting in Lebanon and others say its purpose was to mark the route the Canaanites once followed. The tower is decorated with stone carvings of various hunting scenes. A splendid view can be seen from the hilltop which includes Hermel with its hills and gardens, the lake of Homs disappearing into the horizon, the Orontes river of Al-Assi (a north-flowing rebel), and the caves of the Raheb (the Monk) also known as Mar Maroun.