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Things to do in Harissa

Best attractions to visit in Harissa

1. Our Lady of Lebanon Harissa - Harissa

Our Lady of Lebanon Harissa

Standing on a height of 600 m, the immense statue called Our Lady of Lebanon overlooks the Jounieh bay with arms outstretched. Built and erected during the 19th century, the statue depicts the Virgin Mary and makes a major part of a sanctuary and can be reached via cable car. Our Lady of Lebanon is considered to be the patron saint of the country and the statue itself was carved in France. She was named the Queen of Lebanon in 1908 during the inaugural mass once the construction of the Basilica was completed. Till this day, the anniversary of the statue is celebrated during the first Sunday of May. The shrine which it was built for is located about 1900 feet above sea level and the bird’s eye view it offers visitors leaves most mesmerized. It is often visited by pilgrims who have to take the cable car like everyone else to reach it from Jounieh right to the Harissa shrine. Also called the Notre Dame du Liban, the shrine was once visited by the Pope himself in 1997 when he wanted to show his support for Eastern Catholics and to educate the youth regarding Christianity.

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2. Harissa Cableway - Harissa

Harissa Cableway

Jounieh is one of the most holiest places in Lebanon which is visited by Muslims and Christians alike but it is the Lady of Lebanon which most come to see. The massive statue can be reached by the Harissa Cableway which carries people from the coastline and up 600 meters to the peak of the mountain where the statue has been erected. You can also see two churches on the site along with a cathedral which was a recent addition and a quaint little chapel right under the statue. The mountain does not lose as much foliage regardless of the time of the year and is covered with pine trees that make it a great addition to the spectacular landscape of Lebanon. You can get to the statue through the cableway in no more than 9 minutes. It is over 1 mile long above the highway and the pine forests at an altitude of 650 meters. The trip offers amazing views of the mountain and the Bay of Jounieh but one ride can cost you upwards of $7. However, that is money well spent if you want a bird’s eye view of the mountain and an up-close look at the Lade of Lebanon.

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3. Saint Paul Cathedral - Harissa

Saint Paul Cathedral

Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, is an Anglican house of prayer, the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London. It sits on Ludgate Hill at the most astounding purpose of the City of London and is a Grade 1 recorded building. Its devotion to Paul the Apostle goes back to the first church on this site, established in AD 604. The present church, dating from the late seventeenth century, was composed in the English Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren. Its development, finished in Wren's lifetime, was a piece of a noteworthy remaking program in the City after the Great Fire of London.

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