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Damour Silk Factory

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HISTORY

Breathtaking abandoned silk factory amid banana plantations on the banks of Damour. In the 19th century, Damour was the thriving center of the Chouf region. Its plain was then planted with mulberry and had twelve large manufacturing companies. Ten thousand workers and technicians worked in the natural silk industry. The city has a real fascination with the Lebanese worker and attracts the majority of the natives of the Sahel region. About 30 minutes by car (20 km) south of Beirut is the city of Damour.

 

WHY THIS PLACE

The next time you plan to go to the banks of the Damour, be sure to include a stop at the silk factory along the way and let your imagination run wild. Best known for its sandy and rocky beaches (Iris and Oceana, among others), Damour has much more to offer the discerning traveler. Leave the road and dive deeply into the city's banana plantations, until you reach an abandoned abbey-shaped structure overlooking the coast: you have reached the Damour silk factory or "Kerkhane". Do not waste time and hold your wedding in this landmark that, for now, few know.

CURIOSITIES

● One of the five old silk factories in the city and the largest, Kerkhane offers a glimpse of the city's past status as a center for silk production in the region.
● Damour used to produce the best silk in the world: the factories that employ many of the city's inhabitants.
● This city was also known in January 1976 during the Lebanese Civil War when it was attacked by Palestinian militants and the LNM.

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