Chtaura, proceed along the Damascus
road to Masnaa (border post).
Just before the post turn
right, toward Rashaya.
This is where Lebanonís
early national leaders, including
Bshara El-Khoury and Riad El-Solh,
were held by French mandate
authorities during the 1943
rebellion that triggered Lebanonís
Their prison was an
eighteenth century citadel that can
be visited today.
The Lebanese Army, which is now
stationed at the castle, will assign
a guide to show you around the old
vaulted chambers and the rooms where
the Lebanese patriots were held.
The town of Rachaya, in a remote
corner of Lebanon, has been only
lightly touched by the modern
building boom affecting most of the
On its cobbled main street
small shops sell old fashioned oil
stoves, reflecting the needs of this
chilly mountain town where the giant
Mount Hermon (snow-covered six
months of the year) looms overhead.
This town is also known for
its locally made gold and silver
jewellery. On the way to Rachaya
from Chtaura try to take the route
through the hilltop town of Sultan
Yaqub, where there are spectacular
views of the valley below.
Turn right at Marj and
continue through Khiara toward
This town, visible for miles
around in every direction, also
makes a good landmark.