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Saint George Greek Orthodox Church

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Bmekkine, Aley district

Located 23 km southeast of Beirut, this monastery is affiliated with the Archdiocese of Beirut. It is actually the summer residence of Archbishop of Beirut. Built in 1904 under Archbishop Gerasimos Mesarrah, the monastery church is distinguished by its large rocky pillars surrounding its outer galleries and hallways and the rare icons and wooden carved iconostasis, a wall of icons and religious paintings separating the central area from the sanctuary, from 1905. On the left side of the church, there is an archeological monastery from, the early 20th century that houses rocky, vaulted halls. The church was exposed to partial destruction during the war but was renovated later.