|Governorate||Mount Lebanon Governorate|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||+3 (UTC)|
Bhamdoun (Arabic: بحمدون) is a town in Lebanon 23 kilometers (14 mi) from Beirut on the main road that leads to Damascus, lying at an altitude of 1,100 meters (3,600 ft) above the Lamartine valley. Two separate villages compose the town, Bhamdoun-el-mhatta (literally meaning "Bhamdoun the station") and Bhamdoun-el-day'aa ("Bhmadoun the village"). A railroad used to link Bhamdoun to Beirut with the train station being a prominent feature of the town for many years. The station and railroad were eventually abandoned when cars became more popular. The population is mostly Orthodox Christian.
Before the Lebanese civil war, Bhamdoun was one of Lebanon's most renowned and favorite summer resorts. Today, the town has regained some of its past touristic industry as most of its hotels, restaurants and entertainment centers have been renovated or rebuilt. Tourists, especially from the Gulf region who once knew Bhamdoun, are returning to spend their summer vacation there. Many have also purchased houses or built their own.
It has five churches, two mosques built by Kuwaiti's and one synagogue. There are two Greek Orthodox churches, two Maronite, one Protestant. During the civil war, all five churches were destroyed by the Druze militia of Jumblatt's Progressive Socialist Party, but they have since been rebuilt.
In 2000, a winery called Chateau Belle-Vue began planting vines, creating few jobs in the village. It began producing wine in 2003. The "Renaissance 2003" blend that it produced won the International Spirits and Wine Competition's Gold Medal Best in Class award in 2005, and the wine is now available at restaurants and hotels on three continents. The town also contains the Safir Hotel, Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, Carlton Hotel, Alsheikh Hotel and many others.
Families who have roots in Bhamdoun are:
- Haber (also spelled El Haber)
- Abou Rjeili (also spelled Bou Rjayle)
- Khairallah (also Kyrala and Kheirallah or Khayrallah)
- Abdel Nour
- Salibi (also spelled Saliby or Al Salibi)
- Abou Khaled-Nehmeh
- Parfitt, Tudor, Israel and Ishmael: Studies in Muslim-Jewish relations, Page 89, St. Martin's Press 2000