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The Monastery of Saint Anthony of Padua - Ghazir

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Ghazir, Keserwan district

This monastery lies upon the hill of Khashbao that overlooks the Bay of Jounieh, north of Beirut. Khashbao is a Syriac word that means a house for invocation and prayer. The Lebanese Maronite Order constructed it in 1752. In 1820, the church was built and was dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua. It is one of the most beautiful churches in the East. It is 30m long, 15m wide and 19m high. The Lebanese Maronite Order restored it in 1977 with the aid of the General Directorate of Antiquities in Lebanon. It was inhabited by the Armenian monks until 1890. Then the Capuchin monks came from France and stayed in it and then they left it during the 1910’s. It was deserted until 1985 when the Maronite Order renovated it adding a new aisle where it became an architectural piece of art.