Located in the North of Lebanon, the village of Hadath el Jebbeh stands at 1,500m altitude in an area of outstanding natural beauty, overlooking the dramatic Qadisha Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. From mountains and valleys to cultural and religious discoveries, Hadath el Jebbeh has it all.

Visit Hadath el Jebbeh Cedars Forest

It is one of the most beautiful and largest forests in Lebanon. It encompasses about three hundred thousand trees of Cedrus Libani Type; some of these trees are eternal counting more than 1000 years. it is considered as one of the rarest and noblest forests due to the types of trees. You can either hike during summertime or snowshoeing in winter. Read more

Historical church of St Daniel

Saloumi, Daughter of Priest Bassil from Bsharre, built this church between 111 A.D. and 1113 A.D. on the ruins of an old monastery of the Prophet Elijah which, in turn, had been built on the ruins of a pagan temple. The church had been destroyed several times particulary in 1283 A.D. during the invasion of Mamluk for El Jebbeh Region and later on it was hit by artillery shells.

Durable Gall tree of Saint Doumit

This tree is distinguished by its magnitude and age at the place of locality. It was planted at the eighteenth century and the expert estimated its age of more than 300 years.

Sarcophaghi

In the region of Mahkrouneh at Hadath El Jebbeh, the Sarcophagi went back to the era of Queen Zia, one of the daughters of the King Nebuchadnezzar, who suffered from leprosy and tuberculosis. The doctors were unable to find the right medicine for her recovery. Therefore, they recommended the dry mountain climate available in Mount Lebanon.

Her travel began from Mesapotamia toward the Levant, where she was first stabilized in the forest of Cedars of God. Then, she moved to “Hodod” in Qadisho (Hadath) and she resided in El Zeizafoum Region (Mahkrouneh). After two years, she was completely recovered from her illness.

Therefore, she wrote a letter to her father informing him about her recovery and that she decided to live in Hadath ( Hodod ) all her life, fear of being newly ill and she ordered her entourage to burry her there.

Mount and shrine St Simon

The name Saint Simeon appeared for thr first time with the introduction of Christianity to El Jebbeh when Saint Simeon Stylite, missionary disciple of Saint Maroun, arrived to the region, to commermorate this Saint, the mountain took his name and shrine was built from more than 100 years for the same saint at the top of the mountain. Mount saint Simeon was neighbored by an essential passage for citizens and traders of Levant, Baalbeck, El Jebbeh and Lebanese Coast; this under recovery passage is known as “Damascus Road “ in the present date.

Historical Souk

Hadath is famous for its old souk that has well preserved its traditional cachet. The small souk in the middle of the town offers various shops selling local and artisanal crafts and inexpensive goods.

Assi el Hadath Cave

Hadath overlooks from the east Qadisha Valley, the Valley of Saints, a site rich in caves and grottos among the most famous cave is that of Assi-Hadath, a natural cave located on “Hadath El Jebbeh” at an altitude of 1300 meters. During the siege of Hadath by Mamluks, the inhabitants of Hadath  sought refuge in 1283.

The Maronite mummies are eight well preserved natural mummies of Maronite villagers dating back to around 1283 AD. They were uncovered by a team of speologists in the Qadisha Valley  in 1991, and Qannoubine valley was listed as a Unesco site. Assi el Hadath cave is unreachable to tourists, but you can see it while hiking the Kannoubine Valley. Read more

Hiking to Wadi Qannoubine

Discover Qannoubine Valley using ancient trails from Hadath el Jebbeh village.

Trail description: The trail starts from the historical church of St. Daniel in Hadath el Jebbeh and passes by “Ain el Dayaa” located on the main road leading to Bcharre village. From the water spring we will walk down to Qannoubine valley using a dirt road and an ancient footpath. The trail offers many scenic views overlooking Qannoubine valley and Assi el Hadath cave. In the village of Qannoubine we will visit the old school and Saydet el Karm church. The footpath continues to the bottom of the valley where we will cross a Roman bridge and walk upwards to reach the Monastery of our Lady of Qannoubine. The trail ends at the monastery of Mar Lichaa.

How to get there

Beirut – Byblos – Chekka – Amioun – Qnat – Hadath el Jebbeh: 95 km
Beirut – Byblos – Batroun – Kfarhelda – Tannourine – Hadath el Jebbeh: 103 km

Where to sleep

Auberge Hadath el Jebbeh, Auberge (built in 1928) and a guesthouse, managed by Hadath el Jebbeh Association in cooperation with the municipality. Tel: 71 680222

Where to eat

Arzat, a unique restaurant in the heart of Haddath El JebbeH Cedars Reserve. Tel:71 821 565

Auberge Hadath el Jebbeh can prepare fresh homemade meals, by local cooks, upon request.  Tel: 71 680222

Al Hawra Tel 03 802091

Ward Cafe Trottoir, Tel: 71 680222

Chez Coco Tel: 03 147086

Mana2ich and Pizza, Tel: 03 435 085

More info

You can contact Hadath Municipality for more info, Tel: 6 978120, Miss Ward Sfeir: 71 680222