El Chouf is a district that is located in Lebanon. The place contains lots of places of interest for tourists, known in particular for a Cedar Nature Reserve that is situated at the slopes of Barouk Mountains. Apart from the natural landscape, visitors can also enjoy quality time visiting the various historical sites located in the area. A visit to El Chouf is certainly worth it as you can find lots of points of interest and fun.
Cedar forest that had the unique distinction of being the oldest documented forest is located at the reserve. The earliest mention of the forests is in the ancient Sumerian epic of Gilgamesh that dates back to the third millennium BC. Apart from visiting the natural reserve, there are many other interesting things to do in El Chouf.
The glorious, medieval looking Moussa Castle stands with all its majesty near the Beit ed-Dine. Even though the castle at first glance looks like a modernized Crusaders’ structure, the place has no connection whatsoever with the Middle Age or Crusaders. Built on a small mount in the middle of Bediteddine and Deir El Kamar, the majestic castle was built by one man - Moussa Abdel Karim Al-Maamari. The dream was conceived when he was only fourteen years old.
After being mocked by his classmates and teacher, heartbroken Moussa escaped from his school to Sida, where his uncle lived. It was the first step Moussa took towards the realization of his dreams. After working for several years, Moussa finally bought a piece of land to build the castle of his dreams. According to his book “The dream of my life”, the castle was built in 21,900 days. It was Moussa’s dream to invite his beloved and teacher to the grand opening of the castle. He intentionally made the entrance low so that people could take a bow as they entered the castle.
By the time the castle was built, Moussa’s teacher was dead. However, her beloved paid a visit to this amazing castle. There is a museum inside the castle that showcases a diverse selection of artifacts and weapons Lebanese used in the past. With medieval styled ramparts, draggers, Moussa’s collection of guns, Moussa’s castle is a true depiction of medieval times.
The Kfarhim Grotto was discovered in 1974 and the event was celebrated by the local media for good reason. The 4 million year old formation was discovered by a group of boys who were playing soccer on the streets of Kfarhim. While passing the ball to one another, they happened to hit it off the path where it settled into a small gap and then disappeared in a hole. The boys returned to the spot with flashlights and candles, and the rest as they say, is history. The grotto has become a major tourist destination due to its still-preserved pre-historic natural beauty and for how large it is.
The grotto can be found located in the midst of the El Chouf district in Mount Lebanon and it measures about 600 meters high. From Damour, it is at a distance of around 11 km. If you want to reach it, you need to take the southern coastal route from Beirut straight to Damour and then onwards to Kfarhim. It can also be reached via Damascus international route but it would be best to ask for directions before heading out just in case you get lost.
Beiteddine is a small town that is located in the district of Chouf in Lebanon. It is located near the town of Deir el-Qamar to the southeast of the capital city of Beirut. The area is known for the magnificent Beiteddine magnificent palace where a festival takes place every year during the summers. A trip to the town is certainly worth taking if you are in Lebanon.
Visitors can find many places of interest and things to do in Beiteddine, the palace here being notable. Beiteddine palace was built between late 18th and early 19th century by Emir Bashir Shihab II. The palace is richly decorated with mosaic floors, glass studded cupolas, and luxurious Turkish baths. The palace also houses its own museum, displaying various items of historical importance including pottery, sarcophagi, pottery, and jewelry. You must also visit the courtyard fountain that is located inside the palace. From the courtyard you can view the magnificent view of the countryside.
A luxury hotel, the Mir Amin Palace, is also located in Beiteddine, originally a palace of one of the sons of Emir Bashir. A visit to the place is certainly worth it as you will find lots of interesting things to do in Beiteddine, allowing you to create memories that you can relive with pleasure during later years.