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Chouf, Lebanon

Deir el Qamar meaning "Monastery of the Moon" is a village in south-central Lebanon, 5 KM outside of Beiteddine, consisting of stone houses with red-tiled roofs.

Deir El Qamar is unique in Lebanon, a town restored and maintained in a style many centuries old. In 1590, the town was ruled by Emir Fakhreddine. During the 16th to 18th centuries, Deir el Qamar was the residence of the governors of Lebanon.  

There is a huge public square surrounded by historic buildings and a large water fountain was added in the 19th century.

In the square, there is Fakheredine 1st Mosque constructed in 1493 and restored in the 16th century by Emir Fakhreddine Ist Maan. Behind the mosque is a 19th century Leather Souk , which today houses modern shops.

There is a Silk Souk which was built in 1595 and designed in the classical khan or caravansary style, and originally used as a public market place for jewelry and for silk. Today the khan makes a unique setting for cultural activities.

 

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