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Bekish, Epic sunsets & mountains.

Enjoy epic sunsets and experience the largest cross in the Middle East.

Overview

Baskinta is a Lebanese village located at an altitude ranging from 1250 meters above sea level and climbs up to about 1800 meters above sea level at Qanat Bakish, making it one of the highest villages in Lebanon. Baskinta is known for its natural environment and temperate climate. Baskinta is becoming a cycling spot for mountain bikers with a few off-road trails and a developed cycling community. It was also the capital of the Christian Syriac state of Marada. The residents are Christians: 70% Maronites and 30% Greek Orthodox.

 

 
 
 
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The Cross of All Nations

The Cross of All Nations is a monumental cross located in Qanat Bakish, a locality near the Lebanese city of Basque Country. The Cross of All Nations is 73.8 meters high and is the largest illuminated cross in the world. It was inaugurated on September 13, 2010, on the eve of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. It was built by the Maronite Church and the French Catholic organization "Terre de Dieu Association" led by brothers Jesus and Francois Ibanez. After the ceremony, fireworks were set off and the doves were released.

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross commemorates the discovery of the Cross of Christ by Saint Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, on September 14, 326. In Lebanon, the feast is celebrated every year in Christian towns with processions crowds during which people carry torches and visit mountain peaks where they plant crosses, hold prayer services, and start bonfires.

The cross is 73.8 meters tall and 37 meters wide. The 8-meter-deep base of the cross contains 500 cubic meters of concrete and 5 tons of steel, the body of the cross itself consists of 170 tons of steel and is illuminated by 1800 spotlights. Work on the monument began on November 25, 2008, and was conducted on June 27, 2010, and it cost about US $ 1.5 million, largely from donations.

Skiing Qanat Bakish

The small and quiet resort of Qanat Bakish, located about seven kilometers northeast of the Baskinta, is known for its high-quality snow. The resort is ideal for beginners and families with small children. Ski pass prices are $ 10 on weekdays and $ 18 on weekends.

Cultural trail

There is a nine-kilometer hiking trail that passes through the most important cultural monuments of the village, starting with the memorial garden dedicated to Mikhail Neaima. The trail ends in the house of writer Suleiman Kettaneh, who lived in the Basque Country from 1965 to 2004.

 

 
 
 
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Some History

Baskinta carries the ruins of monuments, cemeteries, and numismatics, pottery remains that date as back as the Phoenician and the Greek ages. The Greeks knew Baskinta and built in it several palaces - of which enormous stones, pillars stand, and underground passages still exist.

In the place known as Qanat Bakish, the Bacchus temple connotes Bacchus, the god of merriment and wine in Greek mythology. Golden numismatics, coins, jewels that belonged to Queen Helena Saint Helen of Constantinople, have been found too and they go back in time to the reign of Seljuk and Antokhios the 1st, the 2nd and the 3rd when she went to the Holy Land looking for the true cross. The Cross of All Nations was built in Baskinta to commemorate this.

He personified Baskinta's natural scenarios in most of his writings. In a hut surrounded by extraordinary rock formations, Naimeh drafted much of his monumental work.

The family home of award-winning novelist and journalist Amin Maalouf at Ain el Qabou is nearby Baskinta where his novel «The Rock of Tanois» is also set.

In addition to its ruins, there are hotels, and chalets sought by skiers. Baskinta lies ahead of Mzaar Kfardebian, and at the foot of Mount Sannine. According to the Syriac Etymology, the name Baskinta means "the abode, the residence, and the place". This traditional summer resort has views of the surrounding mountains.

 

 
 
 
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Trip Overview
  • Trip profile
    Hiking, Climbing
  • Type
    Biking, Nature/Eco-tourism, Religious, Hiking, Adventure
  • Available Activities
    Hiking, Parkour, Biking, Sightseeing
  • Time to Arrive (from Beirut)
    1 hours
  • Adventure Duration
    4 hours
  • Difficulty (for a non-athlete)
    Easy
  • How to Arrive
    Car

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