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perto de Râs Kîfa, Liban-Nord (Lebanon)
The hike started from near the Qadisha power generation station. We took a winding dirt road to Ras Kifa village. Along the road we passed by some excavation works to resurface old cellars in an old Lebanese mill. In Ras Kifa we visited the top of the cliff know as Shafaq of Mar Elias (Aurora of St. Elias) the hike took a steep winding stairs to St. Elias cave. The group then visited a red roof house on the outskirts of Ras Kifa. After Ras Kifa, the hike headed to Karm Sadde; we went through the town and then followed a steep uphill winding road to Karm Sadde cross and continued climbing through a pine forest to reach Mar Simaan (St. Simeon) and St. Rafqa monastery where we visited the different structures and had our lunch break. The view of snow capped mount Sunnine was breath taking and a joy to the soul.
After the lunch break, the group headed back passing by many little churches dedicated to the various saints spread around the city limits of Karm Sadde and Aito villages. The end of the hike was at the Hammatoura monastery - an old monastery build in the middle of the cliff and accessible only through a very steep stairs by the side of the cliff. The group then went back through a newly built road leading back to the Qadisha power generating company.
A great hike with moderate difficulty. It is recommended to be done in spring or fall seasons where the weather is not too hot or too cold.
The weather was great with clear skies and dispersed clouds and temperature in upper teens.
Shafaq (Arabic word for aurora) Mar Elias. This is a flat balcony like at the top of the cliff in Ras Kifa. St. Elias cave is about 20 meters beneath set inside the cliff and only accessible through a set of steep winding stairs.
The view from Sahafak is amazing. you get an unfettered view of hills and valleys leading all the way to the Mediterranean.
A cave embedded inside a high cliff (3oo meters) where is is turned into a St. Elias shrine. Accessible only through a steep winding stairs with man placed railings for support.
This house is located on the Ras Kifa town's limit and overlooking the town of Mizyara (nicknamed Lagos for most of its natives have become rich from working in lagos, Africa) and the town of Karm Sadde.
I couldn't find the name of this monastery, but it seems it is under renovations. There is a nice area for resting under a pine tree and it seems people set a swing there.
The trail takes us through this red gate and through private property.
I have never seen so many old Range Rovers in one place but in this village. Most of the Range Rovers I encountered are fitted with high axles and large tires to make snow cruising easier. The people are so friendly; one household came out with french-fries, olives, and tangerines. They insisted that we eat something and stay for a coffee. They forced us to keep the Tangerines and apologized for not staying for coffee.
the town residents are of the Maronite faith (a Catholic Christian sect) and this is a newly named church named after their patron St. Charbel, a Syrian monk and the founder of the sect.
A tradition in all christian towns is to set a Cross on the highest hill of the town.
This is the site on St. Simeon monastery in Ayto (Aito). It is the place where St. Rafqa also lived from 1871 to 1898 AD. The monastery is a beautiful old structure built from natural stones.
The monastery was built on the ruins of a Canaanite temple in the sixth century. You have a 360 degrees breathtaking view from the monastery. You could see the snow capped mount Sunnine and the cedars (arz) from there.
one of many tiny churches built on top of the hills named after Christian saints. This one is named after St. Challita.
This church is a place of festivities visited by Karm Sadde residents during St. George's day on April 23rd of every year.
again two tiny churches adjacent to each other on the top of a hill.
This monastery belongs to the Orthodox church and was abandoned only to be revised in the 1990s by few monks. The place is undergoing major road construction to make it accessible from the top and the bottom of the cliff via a winding set of stairs/pathways.
Just a reminder that this monastery is built by the side of a steep cliff; the cliff's rock make many walls of this monastery.