It is a cozy village of private gardens, orchards, olive trees and vineyards. It’s well-known for its orange blossom and rose waters.
At the entrance of the village, there is a high tower with a statue of the Virgin on the top. This is the sanctuary of “Our Lady Of Mantara”.
The main place of the sanctuary is a natural cave, where according to tradition, Virgin Mary waited for her son Jesus Christ while he was preaching in Sidon, a pagan Phoenician town where Jewish woman could not go. The old Roman road from Jerusalem to Sidon passed through Caesarea Philippi (now called Marjayoun) and through the village of Maghdouche. That is why it was called Mantara which means “awaiting”.
The main road of Maghdouche offers sweeping vistas of the valley to the north as you move into the hinterland of the south, while the village center is knotted with traditional houses and shops.