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Chhim
Chhim, Shheem.
Location Lebanon.
Region Shouf region.
Type City/Town.
Part of Iklim El-Khourroub.
Area 8.54km squared.
Height 500-900 metres.
History
Founded There is no confirmation. However, it is suggested that Chhim has been standing since the 18th century. It was definetely in place during the 19th century, although it was not necessarily as developed and huge as it is today.
Cultures Roman
Associated with Hajj Shehade, Hajjar, Oueidat, Chaaban, Abdallah, Fawaz.
Site notes
Condition Developing town
Management It is managed by the 'Baladiya'. they take on the role of local authority.

Chhim is a large town in Lebanon which is located 47 kilometres south-east of Beirut. Chhim is located on 4 mountains in the Chouf region in Lebanon. it is inhabited by Sunnite Muslims and has a population of about 49,000. It is a big town, and is considered a city by some people. the most known families in Chhim are Hajj Shehade, Fawaz, Hajjar, Oueidat, Abdallah, Chaaban, and Mourad.

Chhim is the largest Sunnite town in the Shouf region. The community lives in harmony and there has never been any issues in Chhim, which is surprising due to the sectarian violence that Lebanon has suffered from the past 40 years or so. It has been in a battleground long ago when the French and British forces fought here around a century ago. Chhim has suffered from excessive building which has been ruining its nature. Chhim was built on a huge forest where wolves and hyenas lived in. However, forests still can be found in and around Chhim. The town is rich in olive trees.

Chhim is often confused within size due to many parts of it having different names. some more familiar parts of Chhim include Marj-Ali, Sahle, Jabal swed, and Jirid. These and many others are part of Chhim but have different names.

Chhim contains 11 schools, 8 of which are public. It also contains two hospitals, one of them is public, and the other is private.

The young Chhim men are known to have rivalries with the young Barja men. Barja is a neighbouring town to Chhim with a slightly smaller population of about 35,000. There has been quite a bit of violence between the young 'Chhimi', and the young 'Barjawi' men.

Features[edit]

Chhim contains many mosques and is only inhabited by Sunni muslims.

it is the site of one of many Temples of the Beqaa Valley.[1][2]

Roman Temple[edit]

The temple at Chhim faces east and has a small porch. There is a carving of the sun god Helios on one of the doorframes. Another carving portrays the image of a priest with outstretched arms.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shehadi M. Berbary (1960). The guide to Lebanon. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b George Taylor (1967). The Roman temples of Lebanon: a pictorial guide. Dar el-Machreq Publishers. Retrieved 1 November 2012.