Preparation of the sanctuary

 

Nowadays, the Sanctuary in concrete terms is made of:

    The sacred cave (where the Virgin waited the Christ), converted into a natural Chapel, measuring 15m by 7 and to which is annexed a second small cave where baptisms are generally celebrated.

    A 40m height tower, build in 1963. At the top, a monumental statue of the Virgin holding the infant Jesus stretches out the protection of Our-Lady of Mantara for miles around. The tower houses as well a 100m square Chapel decorated with a huge painting illustrating the history of the cave and of the Canaanite woman who met the Christ in Saida and got the Curing of her Child.


A 4000m square esplanade that links up the cave and the tower.

          The Sanctuaries Path in open air. Twelve statues sculpted out of pieces of rocks represent biblical events that took place in this Holy Land of Lebanon. It aims at helping visitors to live the reality of Lebanon as a Holy Land.

          A souvenir shop situated at the Sanctuary’s entrance where Many religious items can be found.