Trip to Bziza and Hardine on Saturday 13 August 2016:
We were guided by Alia Fares (see her profile below) on a
tour of 3 temples in Bziza and Hardine.
Departure from a Parking Lot in Beirut Downtown (to be specified soon).
9:30 – 10:00
Stopover for a quick breakfast in Amyoun
10:00 – 10:30
Bus ride to Bziza Temple
10:30 – 11:30
First Tour: Roman Temple in Bziza
11:30 – 12:00
Bus ride to Hardine
12:00 – 13:00
Second Tour: the museum of St. Nimatullah Kassab Hardini
and the largest natural flat stone bed in the village.
13:00 – 14:30
Lunch and short rest at the Hardine Inn Hotel
14:30 – 15:00
Bus ride to the top of the Mountain
15:00 – 16:30
Third Tour: Temple of Hardine or the temple of Mercury
where we will enjoy a spectacular view.
16:30 – 17:30
Bus ride back to the initial parking place.
The day trip was cost $40 (to cover lunch in Hardine Inn Hotel, Transport and Guide).
Alia is an archaeologist, building historian and cultural heritage guide for the ministry of Tourism. She finished her first degree at the American University of Beirut and continued her Masters at the university of Bonn at the department of Classical Archaeology. During the summer since then, She has participated in and led excavations in various parts of the country, such as Baalbeck, Byblos, Sir el Dunniyeh, Tell Arqa and Beirut. Alia has also participated in excavations in Germany, Egypt, Syria and Jordan.
In 2007, she returned permanently to Lebanon to begin her PhD. Her research focuses on the Archaeology and Architecture of Roman temples, specifically those who's function has been altered over the centuries from pagan sanctuaries to Christian churches/basilicas. At the moment she is an instructor for History of Architecture at the faculty of Architecture, Art and Design of Notre Dame University.