Amatour

Amatour is on the Barouk River Valley Trail and boasts a Roman temple located outside the village in the Marj Bisri area. It is also renowned for its beautiful traditional houses and characteristic gates dating from the Ottoman period such as Dar Bou Hamza (1215H/1800 AD), Dar Ahmad Ali Abed el Samad (1273H/1856 AD), and Dar Ahmad Sleiman Abou Chakra.

Amatour is home to a number of religious monuments such as two Druze khalwat, a 19th century Catholic Church, old trails, and water springs – the oldest of which is called Ain el Foqr (the spring of poverty).

Distance from Beirut 58 km
Altitude 850 meters

The Roman Temple of Marj Bisri.
The temple is located in Marj Bisri in the village of Amatour at the point of intersection of the Barouk and ‘Aray rivers and is currently buried beneath fluvial deposits. Passers-by can only catch sight of four columns of black granite and a wall visible in the bed of Nahr ‘Aray. This temple is an archeological and geological attraction because it was most likely buried after a strong earthquake which obstructed the river and created a dam. Sediments kept on piling up behind the dam and engulfed the Roman temple and the little nearby town. The temple can still be seen from the hilltop of Jabal Niha.
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