Ballouneh

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Ballouneh
Balloune
Municipality
Ballouneh is located in Lebanon
Ballouneh
Ballouneh
Location in Lebanon
Coordinates: 33°56′58″N 35°40′29″E / 33.94944°N 35.67472°E / 33.94944; 35.67472
Country  Lebanon
Governorate Mount Lebanon
District Keserwan
Area
 • Total 3.93 km2 (1.52 sq mi)
Elevation 650 m (2,130 ft)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Ballouneh (Arabic: بلونة‎‎) is a small town and municipality in the Keserwan District of the Mount Lebanon Governorate of Lebanon. It is located 18 kilometers north of Beirut.[1] It has an approximate area of 3.93 square kilometers and an average elevation of 650 meters above sea level.[1] Ballouneh's inhabitants are predominantly Maronite Catholics, although Christians from other denominations also live in the town.[2]

Etymology[edit]

There are two versions regarding the origin of the word Ballouneh, either deriving from the Syriac word ballani/ballana meaning bath or pertaining to the Greek name of the god Apollo. That said, there is a third source that links the origin of the word back to the Italian Bella Luna, meaning "beautiful moon".

Notable sites[edit]

  • The old Roman well (near the municipality's building)
  • The house of Sheikh Abou Nader el Khazen
  • The church of St. Mary (dating back to the sixteenth century)

See also[edit]

Fakhr-al-Din II

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ballouneh". Localiban. Localiban. 2008-01-19. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  2. ^ "Elections municipales et ikhtiariah au Mont-Liban" (pdf). Localiban. Localiban. 2010. p. 19. Retrieved 2016-02-12.