Lebelik takes us to Beiteddine & Deir el Qamar

Lebanon through our lenses

The Lebanese Lebelik guide

 

يا ست الدنيا يا بيروت

 

“When I arrived, I was surprised to see how wonderful it felt. The moment I got out of the plane, I felt the city’s energy and beauty, and that Beirut is the center of the world and the jewel of the Arab world and the Middle East,” Mohammad Hadid, An-Nahar, Jan 2018.

 

Where to?

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BEITTEDINE

&

DEIR EL-QAMAR

Monastery of the moon

 

دير القمر

بيت الدين

♡ Overview & Fast facts

Deir al-Qamar is a village south-east of Beirut in south-central Lebanon. It is located five kilometers outside of Beiteddine in the Chouf district of the at 800 m of average altitude.

Beiteddine is a small town and the administrative capital of the Chouf District in Mount Lebanon. The town is located 45 kilometers southeast of Beirut and near the town of Deir el-Qamar from which it is separated by a steep valley.

Deir al-Qamar is a village south-east of Beirut in south-central Lebanon. It is located five kilometers outside of Beiteddine in the Chouf district of the at 800 m of average altitude.

 

♡ Jewels of Saida

Saida’s old souk

The soap museum

Sea castle

 

♡ Our journey

DEIR EL OUMARA

a luxurious gateway…

To our surprise, the weather was mightily fresh. The breeze was omnipresent and it felt wonderful! The second thing that drew smiles on our faces was the beautiful landscape and architecture we were surrounded by. Deir el Oumara was a school newly transformed into a hotel. It’s built with old stones and has a traditional yet exceptionally luxurious atmosphere. Classified as a “Historic Hotel”, Deir el Oumara is prominent in Deir el-Qamar seen as it is nested in the heart of the town while providing a guaranteed gateway from a city’s madness.

 

Notre Dame University CHOUF CAMPUS

 

Located in the St. Abda hill, NDU’s campus lays out traditional monuments and is elegantly decorated by the town’s exotic nature. Its campus makes it unique since it is situated on the top of a hill and has magical surroundings.

 

BEIT EL-QAMAR

Situated on our right and hidden behind the bushes is Beit el-Qamar, owning a charming and familiar aura. We went down a few steps until the colorful setting we were facing immersed us. The rocky brown floor contrasted with the chairs and tables that had multiple colors such as green, red, pink, orange… It was a nice dining area that is accessible every day and on Sundays and Saturdays, a BBQ brunch is put in place. The dining area looks out to a Greenfield.

We then made our way into the main hall: the reception directly connected to the kitchen and stairs leading the way to the 8 available rooms. On the ground floor, a rectangular table displays fruits and the daily breakfast. Those who wake up early might catch the chefs preparing the delicious manaish and the whole mezza that comes with it.

 

SQUARE DEIR EL-QAMAR

Deir el-Qamar’s square is very quiet and quite empty. A couple of stairs up, we were in the square. On our right is Amir Fakhreddine’s mosque and on our left, is a Synagogue that was turned into a classroom. In between these two religious sites, we passed by small boutiques, sewing shops and an artisanal.

A couple of minutes later, we found ourselves amidst the Deir el-Qamar French Institute, a squared courtyard enclosed by walls, the library and classrooms. When we went inside the library, it was a must to keep quiet! Pictures couldn’t even be taken because the clicking sound the camera makes to take a photo can possibly disturb the studious students.

 

 

 

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