Statue of Virgin Mary of Lebanon
Lebanon, Jounieh

The statue of the Virgin Mary of Lebanon is located in Lebanon, 25 km from Beirut, in the city of Jounieh, installed on the top of the Harissa hill, at an altitude of 600 meters above sea level. Locals call her in the French style - Notre Dame du Liban or in Arabic - Seyyidatna Harissa (Our Lady of the Harissa). In 1904, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the establishment by the Pope Pius Pius IX of the dogma of the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary, the Lebanese Maronite Catholic Church Patriarch Elijah Hoek and Archbishop Carlos Duval proposed to establish a statue of the Virgin Mary in Lebanon. The statue was made in France, in the city of Lyon, and delivered by sea to Beirut in 1906. The 8.5-meter figure of the Virgin Mary weighs 10 tons, is cast in bronze and painted white. The pedestal for it is a 20-meter spiral-shaped tower (its construction was completed in 1908), inside the tower there is a small chapel open to all believers, regardless of their religion. A spiral staircase leads to the top of the pedestal, at the foot of the statue of the Virgin Mary of Lebanon, there is a viewing platform with a magnificent panoramic view of June, Beirut and the Mediterranean Sea. The grand opening and consecration of the monument took place in 1908, the ceremony was attended by thousands of believers, priests and high-ranking officials. Since then, the statue of the Virgin Mary of Lebanon has become a pilgrimage place for Christians not only from all over Lebanon, but also from the countries of the Middle East. On May 10, 1997, Pope John Paul II visited the statue of the Virgin Mary, held a solemn mass, and bestowed his blessing on the Lebanese people. The statue of the Lebanese Mother of God is one of the most famous attractions in Lebanon. Tourists can climb to the statue using the Teleferique cable car - it will take you almost to the top of the Harissa hill, at the last stage of the route you should transfer to the rail funicular.

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