Altitude between 1200 and 1950 meters
Distance from Beirut 57 km
This village is situated on the edge of the Al Shouf Cedar Reserve and is about 7km from one of the oldest groves of cedar trees in Lebanon. Maasser is a rural traditional village with a town square, an old mill, an old oak and pine forest and two natural water sources. Recent archaeological studies revealed that Maasser has been inhabited since the 4th century BC, at the Hellenistic , Roman and Byzantin eras. The El Hosn ruins dates back to the Roman era as evidenced by tombs cut in the rock.
On the trail going from Maasser to Moukhtara, there is an ancient and deserted water mill dating from the late 19th century and an Ottoman bridge that links the two sides of the valley between Maasser and Botmeh. The Saint Michael church and convent are the two major religious monuments in Maasser. The convent has been renovated and converted into a bed & breakfast accommodation. Beside, the village includes a traditional guest house, many wood cabins available for accommodation and the The Maasser Park House, headquarter of the Shouf Biosphere Reserve