Lebanon, Part V: Chouf Mountains (Deir Al-Qamar and breath-taking Bettedine Palace)
First stop was the so-so Christian Maronite town of Deir Al-Qamar, where the ancient Phoenicians worshipped the moon. More "recently", it was the capital of Mount Lebanon in 1590 (remember, 'way before it became a country in 1920). Dany Choun Square is in the center -- or, rather, is the center of town. There really wasn't that much to see:
|The building behind the sign is the Silk Khan, built at the end of the 16th century.|
Where once there was a thriving silk trade, today there are only a couple of souvenir shops.