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The Castle of Lebanon - Kousba

The district of Koura is in North Lebanon between Batroun, the sea, Tripoli and Zghorta., following on to Bsharry, the Cedars, and the valley of Qadeesha. The name is of Greek origin and means the region or the country.

When anybody speaks of Koura, one immediately thinks of olive trees and oil, for it is a splendid region majestically dominated by olive groves from the coast right up to the heights. But there are also vineyards, and both bitter and wild orange trees, the flowers of the latter being used in the distilleries. The population counts a high percentage of university graduates, scholars and administrative officials.

The region has a considerable amount of industry, with Lebanonís largest cement works and associated activities. But there is also plenty of tourism as there are Roman remains and a large number of monasteries and churches, not to mention universities. There are luxurious residences including The Castle of Lebanon inside the valley of Qadeesha, from where one has a fine wide view of the neighboring hills of Ras Kifa.

This agglomeration is just over fifty miles from Beirut, at an altitude of nearly one thousand and eight hundred feet. The Syriac name indicates, riches and money. Among the religious establishments one must not forget Our Lady of Hamatoura on a majestic cliff facing Kousba. It is visited by many of the faithful who go there to fulfill a vow.

Oneís attention is particularly drawn to a monument in black basalt, the stones of which were transported from the heart of Akkar. It is the work of a religious enthusiast who during the last war wished by the help of Our Lady of Hamatoura to set up a light for our lives and to illuminate our path. The whole structure stands as a monument which its builder wished to be sacred and religious. It is a construction conceived in a spirit of open-mindedness, emancipation and liberty. Its name, Castle of Lebanon, is authentic and patriotic. The author wished to add some details of the national heritage, ancients jars used for holding oil and wine, ancient remains, statuettes, a crown symbolizing learning and the universal knowledge of Lebanese, and the presence of the Lebanese on every continent. It is a tourist site which draws thousands of visitors coming as pilgrims. Cultural events are organized and folklore festivals and concerts. There are green spaces and restaurants.

Joseph Matar and William Matar - Translation from the French: Kenneth Mortimer

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