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Conduite d’Eau de La Qadîcha

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    • Day131

      Bcharré

      December 13, 2019 in Lebanon ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      Arrivée à Bcharré, toujours sous la pluie. On rentre se réchauffer dans un resto où on tombe sur des gens du coin qui nous invitent à partager un verre d'arak. Ça tombe à pic ! En ce moment c'est dur pour les hôtels et les restos, ils n'ont quasiment pas de clients et pas de réservations pour la période des fêtes à cause de la révolution.

      Visite du Musée Gibran, où nous découvrons les peintures et dessins de celui qu'on connaissait surtout comme auteur. Des brouillons en anglais, français, arabe côtoient quelques objets personnels et une belle bibliothèque. Soirée arak 😯
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      Traveler

      Ne le demandez pas pourquoi mais j’adore cette photo....

      12/13/19Reply
      Traveler

      Pourquoi adorez-vous cette photo ?

      12/13/19Reply
      Traveler

      Elle représente pour moi une ouverture, une invitation sur un ailleurs mystérieux 😊

      12/13/19Reply
      Traveler

      C'est troublant car c'est justement là la région du poète mystique Khalil Gibran :)

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    • Day11

      Musem of Khalil Gibran

      December 1, 2021 in Lebanon ⋅ 🌧 4 °C

      I only know Gibran for The Prophet, his most famous work. It turns out he was far more prolific than that. In fact he was an artist. Most of the museum is the originals of his painting. They are quite stunning and surprising. His work can be googled. So I won't belabor it here. I encourage you to look. His work includes his own illustrations that he prepared for The Prophet. I don't recall seeing them in any edition I've looked at. Just seeing those is well worth the time. (NB, photography wasn't allowed).
      The museum is in a former Carmelite Monastery in Gibran's home town. This is the view of the building from across the road.
      Gibran's will said that he wanted this monastery purchased so that he could be buried in his home town. The only part of the museum allowing photography is the tomb. The 2nd picture has his coffin behind glass. The rest of the pictures are of the remainder of the room. No explanation was given. So I simply surmise that these are his things, much like ancient burials interred some of the deceased's possessions.
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    • Day11

      St. Anthony of Kozhaya Monastery

      December 1, 2021 in Lebanon ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

      I had the privilege of staying here. This is a Maronite monastery. It is named for St. Anthony of Egypt (see other posts), the father of monasticism. This monastery was founded in the 18th century. And this the mother house of the Lebanese Maronites.
      The 1st picture is a statue of St. Anthony outside a cave. The 2nd picture is St. Anthony's cave, now a small chapel. The 3rd picture is also in St. Anthony's cave. These are slave irons hanging beging the altar. I'm told they would use them to shackle wildly out of control people (believed at the time to be out of their minds, mentally ill, etc. The priest would pray until the subject was "cured," at which point the chains were removed. He was thus set free from slavery to his or her illness.
      The 4th picture is the facade built over the front of the cave holding the church. The 5th picture is the the nave of the church. The last picture is their nativity scene in a small side cave that acts like a large niche or small side chapel. I particularly like the image of the scene in a cave.
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