“The oak tree of Ain Traz is a monument just like Heliopolis, Sidon, or Byblos. It is no mere refuge for birds but has a presence that is bound up with all us Lebanese,” wrote Joseph Matar of Discover Lebanon.
This old silk factory in Ain Trez stands today as a testament to Lebanon’s sericulture.
“The most beautiful silk fabrics were the ones dyed with ‘Tyrian Purple’, a very famous color made by the Phoenicians and extracted from the glands of Murex Mollusks,” explained photographer Tony Aoun.
The 200-year-old Melkite Monastery
Founded in 1811, the monastery was initially a residence of Es-Saad family which they donated to the Melkite seminary mission.
It was twice vandalized between 1841 and 1845, during religious conflicts, and reopened in 1870 as a monastery and a summer residence for the Melkite patriarch.
Throughout its history, the monastery hosted important councils, including the legislative synod in 1909 by Patriarch Cyril VIII Jaha. The religious facility was again looted during the civil war and lost many of its archives and library.