Batroun Villages

A town in the highland of Batroun area, 37 km the city, at an altitude of 1250 m. It can be attained from Batroun via Ijdabra, Bejdarfel, Kour, Kfarhatna, Zan and Assia.
Its St-Stephan's parish church (Mar Estephan) dates got to 1880. It is built from solid lime rock, extracted from the town soil. In addition, one can find the virgin (As-Saydet, around 1600), St-Mamas (Mar Mema), St-Sabas (Mar Saba), St-Thomas (Mar Touma) and Sts-Sergius & Bacchus (Mar Sarkis wa Bakhos) churches. "Mar Mema's" Church has a picture to its patron dating back to the Middle Ages.
Bcheale has two monasteries: St-Alexius (Mar Risha) and St-Domèce (Mar Doumit), which is older.
One can also find a hermitage engraved in rocks and called "The Hermit" (Al-Habiss), a "Citadel" to the north of the village. This Citadel, called "Kala'at El-Hosn", dates back to Phoenicians, then to Romans. Later on the Crusaders who used it in medieval times restored it. One also finds rocky sarcophagi.
The main feature of this town is an olive orchard the trees of which are considered the biggest and the oldest (thousands of years) all the world over, and still fecund to date.
The workshop of the sculptor Amin Rizk is in Bcheale. This artist is well known for his religious statues as well as for others; all of which made out of the town's solid lime rocks.
In the town, there is a restaurant offering Lebanese Mezze and food.