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Map showing the location of Amsheet within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Amsheet within Lebanon
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 34°09′00″N 35°39′00″E / 34.1500°N 35.6500°E / 34.1500; 35.6500Coordinates: 34°09′00″N 35°39′00″E / 34.1500°N 35.6500°E / 34.1500; 35.6500
Country  Lebanon
Governorate Mount Lebanon Governorate
District Jbeil District
Elevation 222 m (728 ft)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Dialing code +961
Website (Municipality of Amchit)

Amsheet (Arabic: عمشيت, ʿAmšīt; also spelled Amchit) is a predominantly Maronite seaside town in Lebanon about 40 km north of Beirut.

There are many old churches in Amsheet (more than a hundred and some old synagogues[citation needed])


Amsheet's population is around 25,000. The majority of the inhabitants are Maronite Christians with a small Muslim Shi'a minority.


Amsheet is known for its baskets and mats woven from palm leaves. Olive and citrus fruits are the main agricultural products of the town.


Schools in the town include:

  • Lycee Amchit, a private school that provides kindergarten through to secondary education, that was established in 1977.


The house of Zakhia family where Ernest Renan stayed, the French philosopher who lived in Amsheet for a long period in the 19th century, can be visited, аs can the tomb of his sister who was buried at St. Marie Church in the Zakhia family Cemetery.Also the house of Raphael Lahoud built in 1838,Gabriel Lahoud and Michel Lahoud.The oldest school in Lebanon of Adib Lahoud.

The Church of Saint George was built on an ancient temple and the altar has both Greek and Arabic inscriptions.[1] The adjoining churches of Saint Sophie and Saint Stephen retain their ancient vaulted porches and wall paintings. The churches were built on the remains of a Roman temple.

Saint-Michel Amsheet Hospital

The Church of Saint Nicholas (Mar Zakhia) has medieval wall paintings and was built in the 5th century.


The town is home to Lebanon's only organized coastal campsite, "Camping Les Colombes", a place with a history since its beginning in the '50s. Amchit is also known for its delicious seafood restaurants located on all the coast.

The most popular ones are "Faras El Baher", "Chez Zakhia", "Mhanna Sur Mer", "Le Cap".

Environmental issues[edit]

See Oil pollution from ships in Amchit.

Notable residents[edit]


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  2. ^ Patent EPO EP169445 , USPTO US7,594,523 B3 , Wire forming Technology magazine SUMMER 2009 page 32 & WINTER 2010 page16, FENCING OBSERVER magazine DECEMBER 2012 pages 10-17. The Design Trophies BATIMAT 2007.