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It is a small church on the top of the mountain which was named after the Biblical Saint Mar Elias who was originally from Sarepta (Sarafand).It was thought at that time that he mysteriously disappeared from Sarepta for two years that he was completing his hermitage on the top of this mountain inside a cave.

It is speculated that this cave used to be a Canaan/Phoenician temple due to the fact that it follows the characteristics of where temples should be, and it completes the link of mountain top temples.

The area surrounding the cave got transformed into a small church and the cave was expanded within.

The importance of this location is that it provided the Phoenicians with visual surveillance in all directions which helped them keep an eye on their colonies in Bcharri and Hadchit, while communicating with temples in other areas.

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