|Location:||Between Qannubin and Qozhaya Monasteries, Ouadi Qadisha (the Holy Valley).|
All year daily.
free, donations welcome.
|Address:||Monastery of Our Lady of Hawqa, Tel: +961-, Fax: +961-,|
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|13th cty||founded by villagers from Hawqa.|
|1998||inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.|
The Monastery of Our Lady of Hawqa is located at the base of an enormous cave. The monastery is located high above the valley at the top of the debris slope on a wide platform. The water reservoir of the monastery is fed by channels. The upper level is a 47m long cave which was used as a refuge, it was accessible by ladder only. Excavations revealed a wealth of medieval pottery and arrowheads.
Another cave named Aassi Hauqqa was in use in Palaeolithic, Roman, and Medieval times. Traces of fortifications have been found in the cave.