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The Palace of Beiteddine.
Moussa's Castle.
The Palace of Emir Amine.
Baakline.
Moukhtara.
Ain Mershed.
Baadarane.
Amatour.
Maaser El Shouf.
Barouk.
The Natural Reserve.

The village of Ain Zhalta
http://www.ain-zhalta.com

Town of Baakleen
http://www.baakleen.com

Hammana village
http://www.hammana.com

The village of Maasser Beitddine
http://www.maasser.info

The village of Mechref
http://www.mechref.com.lb

DeirElQamar General View (East Side)
DeirElQamar General View. East Side.


The Palace of Beiteddine.

As you leave DeirElQamar and gain height, you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view over the palace of Beiteddine.

Moussa's Castle.

On the northern outskirts of DeirElQamar, on the road leading to Beiteddine you will notice a modern construction resembling a mediaeval castle. Moussa's Castle is named after its owner and constructor. The inside of this eccentric castle is a wax museum showing scenes of traditional everyday life in the Lebanese Mountains.


The Palace of the Emir Amine.

A few kilometers further along is the Palace of the Emir Amine, who was the youngest son of the Emir Bechir II Chehab. This palace which looks down onto the palatial complex of Beiteddine, was restored and converted into a deluxe 24-room hotel by the Ministry of Tourism.


Baakline.

Baakline, which is about 4 kilometers southwest of Beiteddine, was the first capital of the Maan dynasty that settled here around 1120. it has some beautiful old homes and the local handiwork shop produces some very good crochet work although their main craft is carpet weaving producing copies very similar to Persian rugs.


Moukhtara.

Moukhtara, approximately 10 kilometers southwest of Beiteddine, has been the stronghold of the Druze Joumblat family since the start of the 17th century.

This important Chouf locality has had much of its rich heritage preserved the most prestigious being the 19th century seigniorial  domain of the Druze leader Walid Joumblat. Built over an earlier structure, this palace combines a mix of oriental and Italian influences. The most recent changes were made in the 19th century. The palace was damaged in battles between the Joumblats and Emir Bechir in 1825, but was rebuilt soon afterwards.


Ain Mershed.

Ain Mershed, a kilometer further along is delightful for its setting with a waterfall and pools that are the background for a large and pleasant restaurant. The temperature near the falls can be quite cool even during the hottest days of summer.


Baadarane.

Baadarane, 7 kilometers south of Moukhtara, is another preserve of Lebanese Feudal architecture. You will find the old palace of Ali Pacha Joumblat allied to Fakhreddine II as well as other residences in the style of Beiteddine still inhabited today although in need of some restoration work.


A
matour.

Amatour, halfway between Moukhtara and Baadarane, is where you can see more houses built in the traditional style that characterizes the Lebanese mountainside. Looking down over the village is the ancient "Khalwa" or meeting place used by the Druze for prayer and meditation.


M
aaser El Shouf.

Maaser El Shouf, site of one of Lebanon's beautiful cedar forests, is also a choice spot for walking enthusiasts. From the top of the mountain that dominates this village, at 1940 meters altitude there is a panoramic view over the Beqaa, the Litani dam and the Qaraoun Lake.


Barouk.

Barouk village, situated at the base of mount mount Barouk is covered with a magnificent Cedar forest. This pleasant summer town at 1170 meters altitude is well known as an abundant source of waters, restaurants and open-air cafes.


The
Natural Reserve.

The Natural Reserve, this area covers 500 square kilometers of Cedar forests, with no less than 3 million trees, which extend from Ain Zhalta to Barouk and Maaser el Shouf. It includes many natural and historic sites and encompasses a wide variety of wild fauna and herbs. It is an ideal and unique area for hikers to explore; however a permit should be obtained before undertaking such a tour. This permit may be obtained from the Natural Reserve's office.


Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve Website

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