8 Reasons To Take A Road Trip To The Lebanese Village of Anjar

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In the Bekaa valley, on the Lebanese border with Syria, is a small village of 20 sq km called Anjar. Also known as Haoush Mousa, it’s home to a population of about 2,400.

Anjar’s name alone resonates with historical events and past glory of ancient civilizations, some of which left their marks in the village.

Located 59.4 km from Beirut, Anjar makes for a great road trip and a day of exploration. Here are the 8 most relevant reasons why you should put Anjar on your bucket list:

#1 Anjar is home to the historical Umayyad City Ruins, a cultural World Heritage Site.

The ruins were even on the old Lebanese 10 lira!

The historical Lebanese railroad tracks meet the ruins as well.

#2 Anjar is home to Lebanese-Armenians in majority

After being abandoned for many years, Anjar became home to thousands of Armenians fleeing genocide in their country in 1939.

They settled in and expanded their community with time, introducing their culture to Lebanon, which is not very different.

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Manti, the armenian cousin of shish barak if I may say so. I grew up having it at my Armenian friends' houses. I even used to ask our neighbor for it which my mom definitely gave me a dirty stare for doing.. But it was always worth it. It surely became a staple at our house along with Eetch. Whenever i make shish barak i make sure to also make a pan or two of Manti to satisfy my craving. Recipe: (my take on it) – Kafta: minced beef mixed with parley, onions and seasoning – Dough: 2 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup hot water, 1/3 cup cold water – Add water gradually as you kneed. Let the dough rest, because we worked the gluten. – Roll dough and cut out horizontal and vertical lines, creating small bite sized squares – Fill the center of the square with 1/2 tsp of kafta – Pinch the corners of each side together, firmly – Arrange in a pan or baking sheet – Brush with a bit of oil – Bake in a preheated oven on medium heat, until cooked through and golden brown Toppings: – Plain greek yogurt with crushed garlic and salt to taste – Tomato sauce with some pepper or chili paste Serve Manti by adding the tomato sauce topped with the yogurt with a sprinkle of Summak for garnish. The presentation is inspired by one of my favorites @ichkhanian.bakery . . . . . #manti #mantilife #armenianfood #armeniancuisine #easyrecipes #easymealprep #easyrecipe #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthydinner #easydinners #homecook #homemadefood #homecooking #homebaking #homebakingrocks #foodphotooftheday #foodporn #foodiesofinstagram #lebanesefoodie #tasteofarmenia #myfoodstory #thefooddabbler

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The Armenians love good food, which you see plenty of in Anjar.

In the summer, members of the Armenian diaspora return to Anjar and the population swells to some 3,500.

That’s when their cultural love for a good time is most relevant with music and social gatherings.

In fact, Lebanon’s famous award-winning Fayha Choir is headed by an Armenian from Anjar, Maestro Barkev Taslakian!

#3 Instagram-worthy four-sided wells

In Anjar, people used to line up around these four-sided wells, and fill their jugs with water. You can still find the wells at crossroads and intersections within the village streets.

#4 Peace and Nature characterize Anjar

Nature overtakes the village of Anjar in all the different beauties of its four seasons, and the locals are known to live in peace and friendliness.

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A walk around the lake in Anjar ??

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#5 Anjar is a perfect Autumn getaway destination

A gateway to this perfect small town is probably the best idea you can have during the fall season.

Pumpkins, colorful leaves, a cool breeze, beautiful sceneries; it’s a rare experience for residents of the coastal cities.

#6 Meals at Anjar’s restaurants are worth experiencing

Anjar has a handful of dainty restaurants and a well-know Layali Al-Shams hotel with these cool modern triangle bungalows.

#7 A unique view of the Anti-Lebanon Mountains

That’s the mountain range that forms the natural border between Lebanon and Syria.

#8 You get to appreciate the simplicity of Anjar’s life

Away from the bustling crowded city, a day or two in Anjar will get you to savor the tranquility of its life and the friendly interactions with the locals.

Slow days, calm atmosphere, the sound of nature all around you… It’s probably time to schedule that road trip!

To know about Anjar’s historical ruins, visit here.