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Jezzine (70 km from Beirut, 30 km from Saida) is the most famous summer and touristic resort of South Lebanon because of its beautiful landscape and its 40m high waterfall. Vital public facilities contributed in making Jezzine the most important town in the area.
To get there, follow the Saida - Hlayliyye - Majdelyun - Salhiyye - Lebea - Roum - Homsiye road.
The village is located on the slopes of Tumat Niha and is surrounded by pine forests, vineyards and orchards. From the top of the huge rocky promontory known as al Shir, the visitor enjoys a breathtaking view of the surrounding localities scattered in the midst of a fertile plain and protected by mountains.
In the valley is a natural cave known as the Fakhreddine Cave because the Lebanese Emir took refuge there to escape Ottoman persecution. While his father Qurqumaz hid and died in this cave, Fakhreddine was caught and taken to Istanbul.
Jezzine is a historical village, where ancient sarcophagi and Crusader remains were found. To this remote past also belongs a ruined old mosque.
The most famous historical monuments are, however, more recent:
-The Saint Antoine Convent, belonging to the Antoine order (1774)
-The Serail (1898)
-The Farid Serhal Palace, a monumental building in the oriental style where an impressive collection of valuable antiquities is found.
Jezzine is the center of the Caza, where several public administrations, banks, hotels, restaurants and amusement centers are found. The town is famous for its traditional cutlery and daggers.