Located about 60 kilometers from Beirut and named after the spring one kilometer east, Aanjar is a tranquil and pleasant small village situated against the backdrop of the anti-Lebanon Mountains.
Its main inhabitants are Armenians who fled Turkey in 1915 during the Ottoman genocide or were grouped here in 1939, after the country took over their territory from the French. During the Civil War, Aanjar was an important base for the Syrian troops.
Aanjar’s most important attraction is the impressive Umayyad site. In addition, the village is a lovely place to enjoy a lunch or dinner in one of its restaurants, where excellent Lebanese mezze is served.