|Governorate||Mount Lebanon Governorate|
|Highest elevation||1,100 m (3,600 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||800 m (2,600 ft)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Baabdat (Arabic: بعبدات) is a town located in the Matn District of Mount Lebanon, 22 km from Beirut at an altitude ranging between 800 and 1100 meters above sea level. The lush pine forests that surround the town make it a very popular summer resort for those escaping the busy coastal cities of Lebanon, especially the capital, Beirut. The town's proximity to Brummana, one of Mount Lebanon's most active summer destinations, makes Baabdat a major tourist destination in the summer.
The name "Baabdat" is derivative of the Aramaic words, beit abdutha, meaning "the home of adoration." The Aramaic name refers to an ancient temple that was built by the Phoenicians to worship the ancient Canaanite, Greek and later Roman gods.
Notables from Baabdat
Baabdat is the birthplace of Lebanon's former president, Émile Lahoud, politician Nassib Lahoud, film director Carmen Labaki, director and actress Nadine Labaki and the father of director and actress Salma Hayek.
Notables who live in Baabdat
Although a native of Beirut, Maxime Chaya (the first from his country to climb Everest and ski all-the-way to both poles) moved to Baabdat where he now lives year-long with his children Edgard and Kelly.
Like most mountain villages of Lebanon, Baabdat is home to numerous, historic churches, monasteries and convents.
- Saint Mamas Church, built in the 16th century
- Saint George Church, built in the mid-18th century
- Our Lady of Deliverance Church, built in 1851
- Saint Michael Greek Catholic Church
- Saint Antonio Convent, completed in 1900