The monastery of Our Lady of Balamand inaugurated the Deir El Balamand Museum on December 17, 2023, in the presence of His Beatitude John X Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, the minister of culture in Lebanon, H.E. Mohammad Mortada, Deputy Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saadeh Al Shami, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Lebanon, H.E. Elias Bou Saab, the Abbot of the Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand, Archimandrite Father George Yaacoub, President of the University of Blamanand, Dr. Elias Warrak as well as a number of religious, political and social figures.
The culmination of five months of dedicated efforts, the museum represents a breakthrough in the modern history of the monastery. Housed in one of the monastery's impressive large Medieval rooms, situated at its southwestern corner and originally isolated, the chosen location adds to the significance of the collection.
Featuring a diverse collection of approximately 50 artifacts meticulously labeled and accompanied by relevant texts, plans, drawings, quotes, etc., the museum offers visitors a profound insight into the history of the displayed objects. The carefully curated display provides a journey through time, reaching back to the 17th century, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the rich history of the monastery.
This project was implemented through the collective efforts of the Department of Archaeology and Museology team at the University of Balamand and the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (ALBA).