The village of
Ain Herche is located in the Eastern Beqaa valley in Lebanon. There are 3 neighboring towns (Ain Ata, Beit Lahya & Tannourra). Total popultaion
is 1500 habitants, distance from Beirut is 95
km & 48km from Chtoura.
the best preserved
temples on Mount Hermon,
Ain Herche is built of local limestone and
blends in so well that it is virtually
camouflaged among the rocky crags and
boulders. A large stone (broken in two) in
front of the temple, carries an inscription
in Creek that dates it to 114-115 AD.
The temple was restored in 1938-39 and the
west wall - the side you see as you approach
- is so perfect it is easily mistaken for
modern. Around the temple are more remnants
of ancient habitation, including sarcophagi.
From Chtoura (on the Beirut-Damascus highway
- 44km from Beirut) drive in the direction of
the border post with Syria, (Masnaa), but
turn right toward Rachaya just before the
post. Continue through the villages of Dahr
El-Ahmar and Labia to Ain Herche village
whose high-walled terraces wind their way
around the curves of the hillsides. From here
you have to walk for about 40 minutes. The
rocky, exposed path from the top of the
village leads to the temple.
(Click on the
photo Album to see some pictures of the temple)