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Cultural Heritage

* Inside the Reserve there are St. John's rock-cut hermitage and chapel. This 12th century dwelling is located 8m above the ground, and can be reached from the hiking trails 1, 2 and 3. It is composed of three cavities. The first, located approximately 8m from the bottom of the hill, was only accessible by ropes. Researchers believe that this cavity was used for habitation and as a refuge in case of attack. The second cavity shelters the remains of St. John's chapel. The third cavity houses a water reservoir approximately 2.5m deep and 2 m wide. It was used to collect rain water. At the entrance to this cavity stand two old oak trees.

* Saint Théodore church, one of the oldest churches in Lebanon, is found on the way leading to the reserve in Behdaydat village. On its wall, there is a fresco that belongs to the 9th century.

* A stone sculpture engraving "The Sacrifice in the Phoenician Culture" dating 1500 B.C. is found on the rocks near the reserve.


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Bentael Nature Reserve has organized in conjunction with Kafr Club the annual race that takes place for the second time on the Independence Day. This 6.5km-race starts from the park house of the reserve in Bentael and finishes in Kafr club. Participants of all ages ran from Bentael to Kafr on November 22, 2011

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