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    Achkout

    Achkout is one of the biggest towns of Kesrwen, occupying 850 Hectares or 8,500,000 square meters. Located at the heart of Kesrwen, its around 25Km away from the Capital Beirut and between 800-1200 meters above sea level.
    Limited from the East by Feytroun and Bekaatat Achkout, from the West by Ghosta and Bzommar, From the North Raachin and Dlebta and from the South Ajaltoun and Reyfoun.
    Achkout is surrounded by mountains from three sides, Kerse elKattin and Kerse el Moutran and Jabal Feytroun and overlooking the sea and Beirut from the West side.
    The Origin of the name Achkout comes from the Hebrew Aasktou meaning tough, uneven land, and the nature of Achkout proves that quite well.

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    Achkout as described by father Peter Tamer is a town drowned in history and culture and known for exporting great men of faith and science. Sitting on seven small hills made it possible for people to come from all over, especially from the North 500 years ago when its founders came to survive. Achkout is a Hebrew term meaning hard to get or arrive to, certainly because Achkout looks that way, for it is sitting in a curve in the heart of Kesrwen, surrounded by rocky mountains from three sides, and opening its fourth side on the capital Beirut from a deep valley called The valley of Msaylekh, as for the North side Achkout is limited by a mountain that rises 300 meters above the village called the mountain of Kerset el Moutran. And from the South rises another mountain called kerset moutran el Abrachiye And from the East the mountain narrows to melt with the village of Bekaatat Achkout (or Sahel Kenaan).
    Landmarks:
    1- Aleet Al Kechek: is a gorgeous natural rock including passages and a small inside space and its one of the most unique natural landmarks. The Municipality of Achkout has recently acquired this rock formation as well as the surrounding lands in order to turn it into a park.
    2- Kerse El Atteen: is a high rocky summit 1250 meters above sea level from which you can see all the way to Cyprus, with binoculars of course and when the weather conditions are convenient.
    3- The Phoenician Temple of Achkout: which turned into Saint Sarkis and Bakhos Church. In his book Achkout throughout the History Cheikh Munir Whaybe El Khazen talks about how the Phoenicians constructed a temple for their god Achtarout and made it on a hill located in the center of the town overlooking the sea. This temple was later turned into a Byzantine church that carried the name of Mary Sergis and Bakhis. This Church was then morphed into a Maronite Church in 1627, carrying the name of Saint Sarkiskchev. French archeologist Charles Virio and his assistants Prousset and Serig, discovered after long investigations and diggings that this temple was indeed Phoenician, during the French mandate on Lebanon. This temple was rebuilt and renovated ten years ago as to become the small church of Saint Sarkis and Bakhos, and the vice president of the municipality of Achkout, the engineer Fouad Fahd personally undertook the execution of this project after the late father Peter Massaad, the head of the church at the time asked him to.
    4- The Phoenician observatory: is located in very rocky ground between the rocks. It was used to transmit signals and information from the temple of Kalia at the end of Achkout to the fortress of Hosen at the other end overlooking the fortress of Fakra. We can find at this site traces of diggings in the look for yearns and other historical shit.
    5- The Ain Kehel temple at Murrs place: This temple was made for the worship of Adonis the God. Its situated near the Saint Sarkis and Bakhos Deir (Deir El Harik) and was connected to the Phoenician fortress of Feytroun with a passage, and the Romans built the now known Church of Saint Gerjes on the ruins of this temple.
    6- The Fortress of Kalia: situated at the Kalia place on a hill overlooking both the sea and the mountain, the famous fortress of Meerab from one side and the fortress of Hossen in Feytroun from the East side. A passage linking this fortress to the fortress of Meerab was discovered, this fortress covering 5000 square meters of land was demolished by the earthquake of 555, and its rocks fell apart, so the residents used it to rebuild their houses; old and recent diggings were done there in the look for treasures and tools.
    It should be noted that there exists a Roman road paved with historic rocks stretching from the coast all the way to the mountains going through Achkout and its trail is well obvious on the sides of the Achkout River and in the surroundings of Monastery of Saint Sarkis and Bakhos also known as the Monastery of Al Harik.
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    Achkouts monasteries and Churches:

    1- Saint Serge and Bakhos convent: This convent is located in Achkout at the Al Jouwaniyet place known as El Harik for its high temperatures in the summer. Father general Saba Derian bought this land from his cousins and some of their descendents and founded a convent named after the saints Serge and Bakhos and set up for him some lands leaving behind large amounts of money for his successor, father Youssef El Chidiac who continued its construction and furnished it in 1904, as the marble plate sitting on the convents entrance says: In the name of God creator of all creatures this blessed convent was founded on 1890 on the name of the saints Serge and Bakhos, its possessions were set up by father Saba Derian El Achkouti since he was at the time the head general and this in the service of their faith and glory of God Almighty.
    This convent was renovated many times over the years and had many additions in the constructions and entrances and the surrounding agricultural areas, and is now the starting place of beginning monks.

    2- Saint Peter and Pauls convent and school: which were founded by holy man Botros Massaad in 1878 and later became a summer center for the Maronite Patriarchy during the days of Patriarch Massaad. This convent belongs to the Massaad family wakef in Achkout, and this convent was used during World War II as a prison for some of the supporters of the De Gaulles movement.

    3- The Franciscan Nuns Convent: In the Beit Eid Street.

    4- John the Baptist Cathedral: sitting next to the old church of Saint John located in the center of Achkout.

    5- Madam of Salvations Church: in the Beit Eid Street.

    6- Church of Saint Gregorias in the Juwar Al Bwechek street.

    7- Madam of Salvations Church (2): At the Karkouf place and belonging to the Tabets Wakef.
    8- Saint Paul and Peters Church: located within the convent and school of Saint Paul and Peter.

    9- The Church of Maronites Sarba: located at the Kerse el Moutran place on the limits of Feytroun.

    10- The historical Church of Saint Serge and Bakhos.

    11- Saint Josephs Church: over 200 years old at the place of Al Jabal and belonging to the Moussa Family.




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    Convents & Churches in Achkout
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    Pic from Achkout :


    "You have evolved from worm to man, but much
    within you is still worm. Once you were apes, yet even now man is more

    of an ape than any of the apes"- Nietzche

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