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In pictures: One Christian's Lebanon

BBC News website reader Joseph Eid outside St Elias Church in Lebanon's Chouf region

BBC News website reader Joseph Eid [pictured] sent these images of some of Lebanon's Christian monuments.

Monastery of Saint Maron in Annaya, Lebanon

This is the Monastery of Saint Maron in Annaya, Lebanon, which holds the tomb of the revered Maronite Saint Charbel. It is a place of pilgrimage for many Christians.

Deir el-Moukhalles monastery in Chouf, Lebanon

This imposing building is the Greek Catholic monastery of Deir al-Moukhalles, or "Monastery of the Holy Saviour" in Chouf.

Joseph Eid in Deir el-Moukhalles monastery

Joseph touches one of the religious icons in the Deir al-Moukhalles monastery. Built in 1711, the monastery stands on an even older site.

Church bell tower in Chouf, Lebanon

Smothered with leaves, an old church bell tower stands in a church in the Chouf region.

Qadisha valley

The Qadisha valley in northern Lebanon sheltered some of the earliest Christian communities for centuries.

The Lady of Lebanon statue in Harissa, Lebanon

The modern day Lady of Lebanon statue in Harissa, built in the 19th Century is now a place of pilgrimage.



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