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Batroun, Smar Jbeil & Rashana

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Smar Jbeil.

Smar Jbeil is a village in North Lebanon located at 4 km in the south-east of Batroun and at 12 km at the North-east of Jbeil(Byblos). On one of its eminent rocks stands a fortified castle, implanted n the middle of antique vestiges.

According to many researchers, the name of the village smar is from Armenian origin Shemreho or Shermer, which means protector or guardian So SmarJbeil means the guardian of Byblos" The ceramic collected on the site shows that it was occupied from the ancient Bronze Age, ie. from the third millennium before our era tetradrachm that was presented to Renan and that was found on the north slope of the castle go back to the Hellenistic period and it constitutes an Athenian emission from the reign of Pericles, the Vth century before our era.

Eglise Sant Nohra

Eglise Sant Nohra According to the tradition a Persian missionary came to sman at the end of the IIecentury to Christianity Martyred at Batroun, by the order of the emperor because his although his eyes were burst he didn’t lose his sight, faiths power prevailed and he continued to see.


Located about 14 kilometers north from Byblos and 55 kilometers from Beirut, Rachana – meaning “me, the head” in Aramaic – is known as the museum village. Entering the village, you will find sculptures, as well as other art forms, everywhere; on the road, in front of the houses, in the gardens, and on squares. Welcoming sculptors from all over the world for fifteen days every year, the International Park of Sculpture in Rachana displays over 50 sculptures.


Is  a coastal city in northern Lebanon and one of the oldest cities in the world. It is the capital city of Batroun District

St. Stephen’s Church

St. Stephen’s Maronite Cathedral was built on the site of an old church and completed in 1910. The cathedral was built to rival the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, which showcases a Byzantine-influenced architectural style and was completed in 1867.

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