Churches of Harissa, Jounieh

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Towering over Jounieh Bay, Churches of Harissa remain a popular pilgrimage spot. Known for the shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Lebanon, the patron saint of the country, Christians and Muslims alike flock to the scenic hilltop village to pay their respects to the Virgin Mary, whose likeness is immortalized in a massive, 8.5 m (28 ft) tall bronze statue that sits on top of the revered shrine. You can reach the village by car, or take a cable car ride, enjoying panoramic views of the bay along the way. A Maronite Christian cathedral stands adjacent to the shrine, while a number of other churches are located nearby, including a Greek Melkite basilica. Plan a trip to Jounieh easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • As tourists passing by, and not Catholic, we were not sure we would be welcomed. The service was already in progress, but the staff seated near the back waved us in and made us feel welcome. We couldn...  more »
  • I went there with a funicular and you get even higher of you walked up to the statue, which gives you a tremendous view a long the coastline  more »
  • I don't know if the services are running continually, but there was worship in progress at each church we visited. The atmosphere was amazing, electric. A very blessed place.  more »

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Many of the large and small hotels cater to the club-going crowd that Jounieh draws. Splurge on luxurious accommodations with spas and coastal views if you can: many of these spots pride themselves on chic amenities and picturesque pools. Those traveling on a budget can choose from a handful of quality affordable options, including vacation rentals and smaller hotels.
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