About 3km south of Aanjar lies the small village of Majdal Aanjar with a small acropolis containing a Roman temple in partial ruins. The temple, which was built on a hill towering above the village, is thought to occupy the site that had been used for worship since before the arrival of the Romans. It is said that the temple contains some impressive, but fading, architectural details. The village also has a noteworthy ancient minaret. Much as I wanted to visit Majdal Aanjar, I was unable due to time constraints. However, I managed to take the two attached photos on my way to Damascus, and back, in December 2009. If you are visiting Aanjar and have a little more time, then you might consider making the short detour. I hope to do so next time...
There is a lone column, with a Greco-Roman inscription on it. It used to stand at the entrance of a Byzantine church, but was later re-erected here. The inscription states that criminals and other undesirables are forbidden to enter here.
After our visit to Aanjar we drove further to the south in the Beeka Valley. First along the Chouf Mountains at the westside of the Valley. The landscape is very scenic, many rocks, small fields in between and a lot of goats. Looking to the east, we had a lovely view at the Lake of Qaraoun.
We continued our way around the lake and had a stop at the southern end at the dam. The eastside of the lake was very different from the west side. Here we saw a lot of large new houses and a lot of building activities.