Aley District

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Aalay District
District
عاليه
Aley District
Aley District
Location in Lebanon
Location in Lebanon
Country Lebanon
GovernorateMount Lebanon Governorate
CapitalAley
Area
 • Total102 sq mi (264 km2)
Population
 • Total386,320
Time zoneUTC+2 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)+3

Aley (Arabic: عاليه‎) is a district (qadaa) in Mount Lebanon, Lebanon, to the south-east of the Lebanon's capital Beirut. The capital is Aley. Aley city was previously known as the "bride of the summers" during the 1960 and 1970s, when Aley and neighboring Bhamdoune were attractive tourist locations for Lebanese emigres and local Lebanese

The district elects 5 members of parliament, of which 3 are Christians (1 Orthodox and 2 Maronite) and 2 are Druze. During the 1975-1990 Civil War in Lebanon, Aley witnessed several battles around its environs.

Al Bennay, Aley District

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Like the neighboring Chouf District, the Aley district is also one of the most religiously diverse areas in Lebanon. The largest religious community in the Aley district is the Druze denomination, followed by the Maronite, and Greek Orthodox Christian denominations. There are also small communities of Shia Muslims. It is estimated that roughly 54.6% of the district is of the Druze sect, while the remaining 40.7% are Christian and 4.6% are Muslim.[1]

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Coordinates: 33°48′23″N 35°36′02″E / 33.80639°N 35.60056°E / 33.80639; 35.60056