Peaceful Kozhaya and the first printing press in the Midde East

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Stomachs full, we were off to Kozhaya monastery.  The geography changed quite a bit. The snow was gone and we were now in a greener area with a narrow valley. The monastary clings to the side of a mountain with breathtaking valley views. This had to be a fantastic place for reflection as it was so very peaceful. The only sounds are from nature.


First we entered a cave chapel that had lots of pots in it.  The tradition is for women to come to the chapel to ask for a child.  If they have a child they bring back a pot as a thank you for the gift.  There were some very old pots and even some new ones.  From the cave we went to a church carved into the side of the mountain.  Much of the natural form had been left, but they flattened areas and to reduce the echo.

 It had some amazing religious art displayed. After that we headed down to a small museum of different items of importance to the monastary and the region as well. There we a primative printing press.  It was the first in the Middle East.  There was a news crew there and they interviewed on of our fellow travelers.


We all piled back into the bus and we headed back to Beirut.  We were very tired from being up early and having long days.  We still had another day of touring to do so we had a very quite evening.  Rob read some more of the Little History book to me and we werte in bed early. Tomorrow, we head south and in to Hezebollah controlled territory. What an interesting day it should be!

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