Pilgrims pray in the Maghdoushe cave. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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An ancient Christian site east of Sidon will be added to the World Map of Religious Heritage Sites by the United Nations-affiliated World Tourism Organization, further cementing the location's legacy and boosting Lebanon's religious tourism appeal.Eventually the cave became a pilgrimage destination.Haddad revealed that Italian and Polish archaeologists and their Lebanese counterparts have made excavations in the cave, whose history dates back more than 2,000 years.The Poles will be charged with maintaining the stones within the cave.The site will also be included in international religious tourism guides, and details about the location can now be found on 400,000 websites.Haddad said he wished that the state could provide the area with more attention and financing, especially as the cave appeals to both Muslims and Christians.
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