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Rashaya راشيا is a town in Lebanon. Rashaya al-Wadi or Rachaya el-Wadi as it was known is the site of ancient temples built by the Qaraoun culture, Phoenicians, the Romans, and other civilisations and cultures such as that have conquered the region and enjoyed the fertile soil of the Bekaa Valley. The Rashaya citadel or Citadel of Independence is a popular attraction and a national monument

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Visiting in the ruins of Rashaya is free.

  • Rashaya temple. 1st century A.D.
  • 1 Rashaya Citadel. Built as a palace by the Shihab family in the 18th century. The citadel placed a prominent role in fight against the French Mandate, earning it its alternate name, Citadel of Independence. Rashaya Citadel (Q22948448) on Wikidata Rashaya Citadel on Wikipedia



The small souk in the middle of the town offers various shops selling local crafts and inexpensive goods. There is a recently renovated goldsmiths selling an assortment of gold and silver jewelry in Byzantine and other styles.



El-Sahili guesthouse is spacious (sleeps 5-6) and costs around USD30-40 per night.

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The neighbouring village of Kfar Qouq has some interesting ancient ruins, at just 12km.

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