Majdelyoun

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Majdelyoun
مجدليون
Town
Majdelyoun is located in Lebanon
Majdelyoun
Majdelyoun
Coordinates: 33°33′39″N 35°24′38″E / 33.56083°N 35.41056°E / 33.56083; 35.41056Coordinates: 33°33′39″N 35°24′38″E / 33.56083°N 35.41056°E / 33.56083; 35.41056
Governorate South Governorate
District Sidon District
Government
 • Type Mayor-council
Area
 • Total 1.5 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
Highest elevation 210 m (690 ft)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Area code(s) 7

Majdelyoun (Arabic: مجدليون‎) is a town in southern Lebanon. It is located 45 kilometers (28 miles) away from Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, and 5 km east of Sidon at an elevation of 210 meters (690 feet) above sea level. Majdelyoun stretches for 150 hectares (1.5 square kilometres; 0.58 square miles). The village is bordered with a number of villages/towns:

  • East: Salhieh and Kfarjarra
  • West: Haret Saida
  • North: Salhieh and Abra
  • South: Ayn El Delb and Kfarjarra

(Not to be confused with Majdelyoun town in Bekaa valley east of Beirut).

source 1 = Localiban,[1] source 2 = SaidaGate,[2]

Etymology[edit]

The origin of its name may refer to a Syriac word meaning: "guard tower," "the castle," or "small tower." While an exact date of the town's founding is uncertain, it is believed the town has been inhabited since ancient times. Another explanation of the origin of its name is told by an old man called Tanios Fakhoury. He said that the name of the town is related to a person named Leon, who had great glory (majd مجد in Arabic) days with the French and earlier, and probably lived in the town that led to Majdelyoun’s name (Majd - Lyon). It is also said that Maryum Majdelyoun was an important lady/ believer of Christ(in his life), and she hailed from same town. She had the honor of perfuming the hair of Jesus Christ before crucifixion.

source 3 = SaidaGate,[2]

Organization[edit]

Majdelyoun's municipality

Majdelyoun is famous for its palaces (among them Rafik Hariri’s palace) and villas that are integrated with lush vegetation to make a distinctive town, half of which is green. It is well organized and divided by three parallel streets.

The town has been divided into two regions:

  1. Lower region for residential buildings;
  2. higher region for luxury villas.
Southern entrance of Majdelyoun (From El Hara)
Eastern entrance of Majdelyoun (From Jezzine)

Demographics[edit]

Majdelyoun is a model of coexistence, with a population of Muslims and Christians. The number of residents registered in accordance with the electoral restrictions amounts to about 3500 people (1,500 people lives in the town). Registered residents are divided as following: 4% Muslims (Sunni and Shiaa) and 96% Christians (Catholic, Maronite, Orthodox ... etc.). The total number of actual residents is more than 10000 people.

source 4 = SaidaGate,[2]

Economy & Education[edit]

Majdelyoun was famous in ancient times for olive cultivation, but the circumstances have changed in the past years and confined its business today on some shops which began to grow steadily, especially on the highway, and contribute to the revitalization of the economical movement. The town is lacking public and private establishments as there are no schools or hospitals, and it has only one Catholic church and two mosques.

source 5 = SaidaGate,[3] source 6 = ebaladiyat,[4]

Panoramic View[edit]

Panorama of Majdelyoun.

Landscape[edit]

eastern part of Majdelyoun St Elias hill viewed from Majdelyoun Main road Majdelyoun's Zeydaniyat (private villas) Majdelyoun's Zeydaniyat (private villas)

Main road towards Jezzine

Weather[edit]

August is warmest with an average temperature of 31.1 °C at noon. January is coldest with an average temperature of 9.3 °C at night. Majdelyoun has temperate cold and warm seasons, like winters and summers. The temperatures do not differ much between day and night.

Winter can have some frost days, with the coldest month most often being January. September is on average the month with most sunshine. Rainfall and other precipitation peaks around December. The time around June is driest.

source 7 = Chinci.com,[3]

Climate data for Majdelyoun, Lebanon
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 17
(62.6)
18
(64.4)
20
(68)
23
(73.4)
26
(78.8)
28
(82.4)
30
(86)
31
(87.8)
30
(86)
28
(82.4)
23
(73.4)
19
(66.2)
24.4
(75.95)
Average low °C (°F) 11
(51.8)
11
(51.8)
13
(55.4)
15
(59)
18
(64.4)
22
(71.6)
24
(75.2)
25
(77)
24
(75.2)
21
(69.8)
16
(60.8)
13
(55.4)
17.8
(63.95)
Precipitation mm (inches) 132.6
(5.22)
114
(4.5)
61.5
(2.42)
24.9
(.98)
12.7
(.50)
1
(.04)
0
(0)
3
(.12)
5
(.2)
47
(1.85)
94.2
(3.71)
128
(5.04)
624.3
(24.58)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.25 mm) 14 11 10 6 3 0 0 0 2 6 9 13 74
[citation needed]

Geographic Location[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LocaLiban". Retrieved 2007-06-26. 
  2. ^ a b c "SaidaGate". Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  3. ^ a b "SaidaGate". Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  4. ^ "ebaladiyat". Retrieved 2013-09-27.