Labweh... A Lebanese masterpiece rich with nature, history, and culture

Fri 15 May 2015 at 12:50 Know Lebanon

Translated from Arabic by Assaad Maalouf

The original naming of Labweh town could be Syriac "Lebbawta", or could be of Arabic type meaning the female of lion, according to the reference book of Lebanese cities and villages.

Labweh is considered to be typically agricultural; its outskirts extend out to the region between Lebanon's eastern and western mountain ranges; it contains a wild field distinguished by fertility and many fountains:

Fountains of Al Shallal, Assi, Dardara whose water cures the sick as some people say, Sakiyat Nabi Othman, Sakiyat Rweiss.

Labweh's people depended on the agricultural sector as a source of living for most of them. Amongst the town's products are apricot, cherry, peach, apple (exported due to their high quality). Also, the poplar, evergreen cypress, willow, walnut and linden trees decorate the streets and public squares of Labweh.

Various historical and archaeological parts that turn back to Roman and Byzantine eras were found in the town:

" Remnants of Byzantine fortress 
" 3 caves; one of them known as fedron that embodies many sacrophaguses that turn back to the Romanian and Byzantine periods
" Traces of Romanian dam that turn back to Zannoubia perios
" Traces of water channels for transferring water from Lebanon to Tedmor in Syria
" Traces of some mills working on water
The town's economy depends primarily on agriculture, yet with the increase in population, many citizens shifted to have public employments, especially in the military sector.

There are in the town a number of private and public institutions and centers, social affairs center, religious court, secondary school, football yard and artistic institute.

Labweh's population: 20000

Number of voters: 7000

The number of displaced Labweh people in Beirut forms 4% of the town's population.

Labweh's municipal council worked on developing the town at all levels, administrative, environmental, health, and road maintenance. The council also established a water network so that the water reaches every house.
 

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