Monastery of St. Anthony the Great is located in Northern Lebanon. According to Oral Tradition, St. Anthony (251-356) called "the Great", founder of the monastic life, never visited Lebanon. However, his disciples lived in the caves in Qozhaya, and their prayers and way of living filled the valley.
Saint Anthony the Great: This Saint, know as the Father of monks, was born in Egypt in 251. Upon hearing the words of the Gospel: "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell what thou hast, and give to the poor" (Matt. 19:21), he distributed all he had to the poor, and departed to the desert, where he became an example of virtue and a rule for monastics.