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Gibran Museum

Gibran Khalil Gibran museum in Bcharreh LebanonOne of Bcharreh’s most famous sons is Gibran Khalil Gibran. Skilful artist and author of 16 books, written in both Arabic and English, he is best known for The Prophet, which has been translated into more than 30 languages. His artistic achievements have been instrumental in attracting tourists to Lebanon in general and Bcharreh in particular.

Gibran was born on 6 January 1883 in Bcharreh. He emigrated to America with his family in 1895, but returned to Lebanon in 1898 to continue his study of the Arabic language at Al Hekme school in Beirut. During the summers, he would visit his father in Bcharreh. In 1902, he again travelled to the United States (to Boston), where tuberculosis claimed his sister Sultana and brother Boutros, and cancer took his mother. His travels then took him to Paris in 1908, where, with support from Mary Haskel, he studied art and met prominent artists like Rodin. The year 1910 saw him in London and learning about a whole new world of art and literature. In 1911, after having returned to Boston in late 1910, he moved to New York City. He died there on 10 April 1931.

Gibran sculpture at the entrance of the museumOn 22 August 1931, his body was repatriated to Bcharreh. There it remains, in the forest of the monastery of Saint Sarkis abutting the museum built in his name. This monument to his achievements was made possible by the youth of Bcharreh, Mary Haskel and the Lebanese community of Boston, all eager to fulfil the terms of Gibran's will by bringing his paintings and drawings to his native town and placing them on permanent display.

To the east of the monastery, stretching along a chain of rocky cliffs, are some woods of old oak. Hidden in its midst are ancient monasteries and hermitages, among which is the Hermitage of Lebanon (which contains a Phoenician tomb dating back to the seventh century BC), the grotto of Saint-Lourd, the monastery of Saint-Nohra and more.
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