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Qana: Grotto, Miracle and Carvings in South Lebanon

Author: Posted on: April 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm

When the car stopped near a gravel path during a visit to the south of Lebanon, little did we know what to expect. Situated 10 kilometres southeast of the city of Tyre, the village of Qana/Cana lays claim to the first miracle performed by Jesus where at a wedding in Galilee, he turned water into wine.

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Qana Cave

Upon arrival, a local man took it upon himself to act as tour guide. He escorted us to the cave where Jesus is said to have spent some time in reflection before the first miracle was made.

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Looking out from the Qana Cave

Along the way, he showed us the stone carvings of the apostles. According to our guide, these date from the time of Christ when Jesus and his disciples rested against the rock.

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Carved into the stone at Qana – Jesus’ apostles

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Close up of stone carvings

Looking out in contemplation from the cave onto the undulating valley, the rocky hillsides and the odd verdant patch, not a sound could be heard. We could do little but admire the peace and tranquillity evoked in these biblical surrounds.

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The valley and rocky hillsides, Qana


Corinne is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues.

She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards for 2013 and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List for 2013.

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9 Comments to “Qana: Grotto, Miracle and Carvings in South Lebanon”

  1. Katie says:

    What an amazing experience to be present in the same spot where a miracle happened! I had no idea this place existed. Thanks for sharing and Happy Easter!

  2. Nicole says:

    How awesome to have been there! So much history and the statues are still there!

  3. Krista says:

    Wow, what an incredible place, Corinne! So much history and ancient beauty.

  4. Amale Bastin says:

    What a blessing for me to have the opporutunity to visit this wonderful Christian site of Qana. It was a tourist bus trip, the site was very clean and orderly. I was so plesently surprised the public that you can enter the arcological site safely and was well maintained.
    I will recommend that even on a very short visit to lebanon that you can visit this amazing site it is only two hours far of the Capital Beirut.

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