The region of Mayfouq is breathtaking, with its stunning mountainous terrain and picture-perfect scenery. It is also a place of great religious significance, offering pilgrims the chance to visit a dozen sacred sites, including the monastery of Our Lady of Ilige (Saydet Ilige), one of the oldest seats of the Maronite patriarchate. It has been the residence of the 18 patriarchs for 320 years, seven of whom were buried there. The historic old church of the monastery was built in 1121 on the ruins of a pagan temple. It is still a place to pray, but also offers a museum to the public.