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Deir Mar Maroun

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Hermel, Hermel district

A few hundreds meters from the source of el-Assi River (Orontos) in the Hermel area of the north Bekaa is Deir Mar Maroun (the Monastery of Saint Maroun). This amazing three-story cave is cut into sheer rock more than 90 meters high. Known as “Mougharet Al Raheb” or Cave of the Monks, this is, in fact, a pilgrims’ monument. An altar, a staircase and small cells carved from the rock make up this place of devotion, marked by humidity and trusteeship. According to widely accepted legend, the site is identified with Saint Maroun, founder of the Maronite community.