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Harissa is an important Lebanese pilgrimage site some 20km distance from the capital city of Beirut. Located at an altitude of 650m from the coast, Harissa offers stunning views of the seaside resort of Jounieh and visitors can reach the peak with a 9min gondola lift.
The main site of Harissa is a huge bronze statue of the Virgin Mary, known as Our Lady of Lebanon. The statue weighs 15 ton and is painted completely white and depicts the Virgin Mary with her arms outstretched. There is a small chapel inside the base of the statue. Made at the end of the 19th century, the statue is now one of the country’s most renowned man-made landmarks. The statue was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
Today, a large modern cathedral built of concrete and glass stands beside the statue and a staircase curls its way around the base with superb panoramic views at the top.
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