Ain el-Rihaneh

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Ain er-Rihaneh

عين الريحانة

Ain el_Rihaneh
Ain er-Rihaneh is located in Lebanon
Ain er-Rihaneh
Ain er-Rihaneh
Location in Lebanon
Coordinates: 33°55′7″N 35°41′15″E / 33.91861°N 35.68750°E / 33.91861; 35.68750
Country Lebanon
GovernorateMount Lebanon
 • TypeIndependent
 • MayorElias Bechara Kreidy
 • Total20.0 km2 (7.7 sq mi)
340 m (1,120 ft)
 • Total4,000
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Ain er-Rihaneh (Arabic: عين الريحانة‎; also spelled Ayn ar-Rihanah or Aain er-Rihane) is a town and municipality located in the Keserwan District of the Mount Lebanon Governorate of Lebanon. The town is about 21 kilometres (13 mi) north of Beirut.[1] It has an average elevation of 340 meters above sea level and a total land area of 2000 hectares.[1] Ain er-Rihaneh's inhabitants are Maronites.[2] The village contained two private schools enrolling a total of 201 students as of 2006.[1]The biggest family in this town is the Kreidy family.


Ain er-Rihaneh Monastery of St John the Baptist - Hrach

Some Historical Milestones for the Sisters of St. John the Baptist – Hrach

Monasteries began to flourish in Kesrouan in the seventeenth centurySome families took the initiative to build monasteries based on the spirituality of St. Anthony the Great. In 1642 and by a personal initiative, the Bishop Youssef Al Akoury purchased the land of Hrach, This monastery was the first one dedicated to nuns among Kesrouan Upon the election of Youssef Al Akoury as a patriarch (1644-1648), he elected his domicile in the monastery of St. John the Baptist – Hrach instead of the monastery of Qannoubine. He held in this monastery Hrach a synod in December 5, 1644 in order to fix some sales habits. The nuns lived in that monastery for eighty three years under the custody of the bishop Abdullah Qaraali at the end of July 1725.

synod (1736) recommended that nuns’ monasteries follow the monastic law set by the bishop Abdullah Qaraali for the nuns of the monastery of St. John the Baptist – Hrach.

Furthermore, the bishop Abdullah Qaraali was serious purchasing numerous lands neighboring the aforementioned monastery in order to establish a natural and fixed fortress for the monastery maintaining thereby the sanctity of the nuns’ secluded life away from all contact with the world.

The bishop Abdullah created the monastic council in the monastery of St. John the Baptist that he opened during the synod held on August 15, 1739. similarly adopted by the rest of the nuns’ monastic orders.

The bishop Abdullah living in the monastery of Hrach for a period of sixteen years (1725 – 1742) monastery church, the Church of Our Lady the Transition.

the monastery was held by the bishop Germanos Sakr (1744 – 1753), Bishop Mikhael Fadel (1758 – 1793) who became later a Patriarch (1793 – 1795) Bishop Mikhael Fadel (1796 – 1819). the monastery of Hrach was characterized to be a center for the residence of the bishops until the Louaize synod (1818) stipulated that the bishops must live inside their dioceses.

In 1948, the Patriarch Antoine Arida (1932 – 1955) gave the permission to the nuns to start the educational message. in 1966, the nuns built St. John the Baptist School in Ain el Rihane where a legal monastic group was assigned which goal is the educational message while preserving the spirit of seclusion and monastic life.

St. John the Baptist monastic order includes today 35 nuns distributed on the following centers: • The monastery of St. John the Baptist – the mother monastery (Ain el Rihane – Kesrouan) • The novices monastery (Ain el Rihane – Kesrouan) • St. John the Baptist School (Ain el Rihane – Kesrouan) • Feytroun monastery (on completion of the restoration phase) • Message in the educational and pastoral frame in Daher Safra – Syria

Ain El Rihaneh encompasses four churches, the church of our lady of salvation [3] the residents built with the help former mayor Raymond el Boustany 2011 one year before his death . His legacy is being promoted by his son Vincent Raymond el Boustany who recently opened up the villages first municipal building at the entrance to the village on 23 of April 2017. There is also another church located directly in front of the new one. The fourth and last church is st Joseph of the apparition,but the eldest church is church of our lady of salvation Private for the Kreidy Family which was constructed over 350 years ago when the Family Kreidy came to the Village from Akoura,the year 1684 to found the Village of Beit El-Kreidy just on the upper Hill that was annexed by the  Boustany adversary to Kreidy leaders.

Historical Background and contents[edit]

The Village accommodates the first monastery for the Legal Sisters in the Maronite community, the monastery of John the Baptist – Hrach, which includes an elementary and boarding public school. Moreover, it hosts Sesobel which is considered as one of the top humanitarian associations in the country, in addition to Ain el-Rihaneh Club Association that is responsible for all sporting and cultural activities and the Consulate of the Republic of Togo.

Famous Decedents[edit]

Karen R. Boustany[edit]

Ain el-Rihaneh is the birthplace of Book writer and Television celebrity star Karen Boustany who has published novels, among them being ( Mon pẽre le Roi du Monde ) translating My father the King of the World. Karen is also the host and producer of her own television show Asmaa min al tarikh[4] on Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International and LDC. Furthermore, Karen works along with the Foreign minister Gebran Bassil in Promoting their work in the Diaspora as a spokes person.

Vincent R. Boustany[edit]

Vincent Boustany is a two time elected Municipal President of his Village Ain er-Rihaneh . He is the only son of Former Mayor Raymond Boustany and is one of the main contributors to the construction of the church of our lady of salvation. Mr Boustany is the first and only Municipal President to construct the town's first municipal building that opened its doors to the public on the 23 of April 2017.


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  2. ^ "Elections municipales et ikhtiariah au Mont-Liban" (PDF). Localiban. Localiban. 2010. p. 19. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
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