Mar Maroun Monastry (Saint Maroun) is a rock-cut structure in three levels. It is said to be the temporary refuge of the successors of Saint Maroun, founder of the Maronite Christian sect in the fourth century AD. Below these remains is the Assi river, the classical Orontes, with its blue-tinted water
(134km from Beirut - 90km from Chtaura)
The "Blue Source" of the Assi River (the classical Orontes), is about 200 meters southwest of Deir Mar Maroun (monastery of. St. Maroun) in the Hermel region. The source, which gushes out from beneath the rocks, is an ideal picnic place. The caves nearby are also worth exploring. Look for the niche facing the springs and some walls of classical masonry on the hillside above.
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