• Ain Dara

Some suggest that the name of the town is attributed to a Persian king named Darius, who hunted in the area and pitched his tent by a spring (‘ain), leading to the name of Ain Darius later modified to Ain Dara. Others trace the word Dara to the Aramaic language meaning “dwelling.”

Still standing in Ain Dara are the ruins of two watchtowers used during the famous battle of Ain Dara between the Kaissey and Yamaney factions of the Druze.

There are also some very old buildings such as the Maronite Church of Mar Gerges (St. Georges) and the Orthodox Church of Mar Gerges. Ain Dara is noted for its abundance of springs.

Distance from Beirut: 35 km
Altitude 1,250 meters

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