Deir Qozhaya
Deir Qozhaya
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Halcatra
Edinburgh, UK483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
It is a charming place to visit, very quiet and peaceful. It may be a challenge to drive here, on last kilometres you have quite narrow and devious road so be careful especially in the winter season. The temperatures may be below zero early in the morning and late in the evening, so better plan your visit taking it into consideration. The church is beautiful, well-preserved and well maintained. The views are breathtaking.
Written 19 February 2020
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Gyan Fernando
Exeter, UK6,594 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Set in a deep valley this monastery is more or less carved into the rock face.
There is a functional church which is partly a cave and there is also a museum with an old printing press once used for printing Syriac or Aramaic
A nice lady by the name of Natalie will greet you in reception. Once the formalities are over you take a lift to the accommodation. (They do have a lift!)
The rooms are nice as are the bathrooms. Being January, the rooms were well heated.
Downstairs was the restaurant which served very good meals plus you could buy your own wine from the shop.
If you are religious you can attend the services in the church. If not, the monks won't bother you.
When I got up in the morning and walked out for a smoke, the staff served me a Lebanese coffee!
The views are stunning and it is all very quiet!
Great place! .
Written 25 January 2020
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dmittleman
Palm Beach Gardens, FL1,445 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This monastery is located down a long, winding road at the bottom of a valley. Their is a museum with a very old printing press. The Cave of the Mad is interesting. The church is lovely. But the sight of the monastery built into the cliff is amazing.
Written 5 January 2020
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davidphillips2803
Toronto, Canada106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
As well as visiting the monastery we stayed here overnight in the guests' accommodation. This was for one night as part of a group tour. Beforehand we were warned that it would be very basic but we found it was perfectly nice, the sort of thing you'd expect when you book an en-suite single or twin room at a youth hostel. Our twin room was a decent size, clean, and had a good bathroom with hot water.

We had both dinner and breakfast at the canteen. It was very home-made but quite nice, and we were not short of food. The breakfast items were basic but perfectly fine.

Before breakfast some of us sat in the church while the monks did their morning mass which was a great experience. The rest of the monastery was interesting to look around as well. Unfortunately we had dreadful weather during our visit, but despite this the surroundings were beautiful.

I would definitely recommend a visit, and if you have the opportunity to stay overnight I would recommend that also.
Written 4 January 2020
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MartinO0o7
Granada, Spain151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
The only Qadisha Valley monastery which you can reach by coach. Last 3 km are really difficult for the driver, but then you reach a real osais of peace and silence... It gets crowded on Sundays as there are various religious services being held. Monastery itself - you can visit a grotto and the church partly carved in the rock. Being there visit the exposition including various tools, utensil, books (some of them in Arameic/Syriac) and the oldest printing machine in Middle East. Do not miss the story of the abbot who hit the Ottoman governor who stepped against the Maronite Order.
Written 8 December 2019
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Nuala W
Manchester284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The monastery is in a beautiful location in the Qadisha Valley. The air is clear and the atmosphere one of peace. This is a working monastery, where you may see the monks walking around. There is a beautiful church as well as a rock church. You can go hiking in the area if you wish, however, we arrived by car.
Leave feeling refreshed.
Written 10 November 2019
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SurreyGirl27
Addlestone, UK1,147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
St Antoines monastery is a working church and facility which offers accommodation for pilgrims and tourists alike. The church and the original cave church are lovely and worth a visit. There is chanting at various times of each and every day.
We were fortunate to experience a services with the hermit presiding
There is also a small museum with an Edinburg Printing Press
Not an easy place to get to and worth stopping at the top of the hill/mountain or the photos
The monastery is clearly wealthy owning much of the adjacent land and has the capability to be self sufficient
The canteen/café is a let down, poor and limited choice and very much like a cheap educational establishment
Written 19 October 2019
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Limlim C
Bangkok, Thailand62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
beautiful monastery in the middle of the valley. road to the monastery can be steep, but still managable.
Written 8 May 2019
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DrRamiIrani
Jordan364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
In the same place you will see an old church within a cave. You can enter and climb an old stairs inside . You will see the first printer that came to Middle East in 1610.
Written 7 May 2019
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,701 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
If you don't have your own transport, you will have to walk around 8 km (both ways) to visit this place. We did it, and at the end,we hitch hiked with the monks directly to Beirut!
The place is superb, and there are a couple of rooms to visit.
Enjoy the view!!
Written 20 January 2019
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