Far from the main roads, the peaceful Chekka-Hamat plateau is a quiet area. On top of it, stands the historical church of Our Lady of Nourieh (Lady of Light). The shrine is believed to be miraculous.
The most commonly known story of the shrine goes back in time when two sailors were lost at sea during a storm at night. They couldn’t find nor see the coast as they battled the stormy sea and fiery weather for their lives.
Back to the present time, a more stunning display of the entire Mediterranean as far as the eye can be admired from the less-visited Mar Semaan Chruch. It can be found if you keeping following the road from Deir el Nourieh.
For the highway to run smoothly from Beirut to Tripoli, a tunnel had to be made a hundred years ago right through the rocky mountain, which is a huge undertaking, let alone back then.
“In 1919, just after the First World War, the Allies, more particularly the French as friends of Lebanon, decided to pierce a tunnel through the rock near the seashore in order to make access and communication northwards much easier,” explains a local tourism website.