Cornet Chahwan

Coordinates: 33°55′N 35°40′E / 33.92°N 35.67°E / 33.92; 35.67
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Cornet Chahwan
قرنة شهوان
The Church of Sts. Peter & Paul
The Church of Sts. Peter & Paul
Map showing the location of Qornet Shehwan within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Qornet Shehwan within Lebanon
Cornet Chahwan
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 33°55′N 35°40′E / 33.92°N 35.67°E / 33.92; 35.67
Country Lebanon
GovernorateMount Lebanon Governorate
DistrictMatn District
680 m (2,230 ft)
Highest elevation
750 m (2,460 ft)
Lowest elevation
150 m (490 ft)
 • Total28,000
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Dialing code+961

Cornet Chahwan (Arabic: قرنة شهوان, also spelled Kornet Chehwan) is a sizable town in the Mount Lebanon area of Lebanon's Metn District. Cornet Chahwan houses the headquarters for the chab ( municipalities of 4 villages (including Cornet Chahwan) namely Ain Aar, Beit El Kikko, Hbous and Rabweh. The total area governed by chab municipalities is around 8 million square meters of land, out of which over 30% is covered by green spaces. The town remains one of the best residential areas in Lebanon. The President of Chab municipalities is Jean Pierre Gebara (architect). Gebara owns his architectural firm and is a university professor, he has been president of this municipality since 2010.


There are over 6,000 households and 30,000 inhabitants in the chab Municipalities that are Lebanese and most are followers of the Catholic Church. The town is the seat of the Maronite Archbishopric of Matn. The town has numerous churches, including the historic Saint Peter & Paul Church.


Cornet Chahwan is home to numerous private educational institutes, including three of Lebanon's most prestigious and highly ranked private schools, Saint Joseph school, a trilingual institute founded in 1884, Jesus & Mary school founded in 1963, and International College, Beirut (Ain Aar campus). Saint Coeur is a semi private school also located in Kornet Chahwan.[1] [2]


The town is home to the Pharès Zoghbi Cultural Foundation, which is a library of 65,000 books in French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic.[3]

The town is also home to a state of the art theater called SJS theater at Saint Joseph School in addition to a city hall brand new facility next to St Peter & Paul's church.

Humanitarian Institutions[edit]

St Vincent de Paul, a charitable institution, is located in Cornet Chahwan.[4] The Lebanese Red Cross also has a first-aid center in the town. In addition to a fire department covering a vast areas of the El Metn district.


  1. ^ "SJS". SJS. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  2. ^ {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Paulo Coelho (2007-07-30). "The Brazilian who established a library in Lebanon by Marina Sarruf*". Paulo Coelho's Blog. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  4. ^ Lebanon (2011-04-07). "Countries". EMRO. Retrieved 2013-03-25.

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