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View of Darbechtar.
View of Darbechtar.
Map showing the location of Darbechtar within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Darbechtar within Lebanon
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 34°16′06″N 35°47′37″E / 34.26833°N 35.79361°E / 34.26833; 35.79361Coordinates: 34°16′06″N 35°47′37″E / 34.26833°N 35.79361°E / 34.26833; 35.79361
Country Lebanon
GovernorateNorth Governorate
DistrictKoura District
300 m (1,000 ft)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Dialing code+961

Darbechtar ( known also as Darb Ishtar, Arabic: داربعشتار) is a village located on the South-Eastern periphery of the Koura District in the North Governorate of the Republic of Lebanon.

Darbechtar borders the villages of Amyoun, Bziza, Majdel, Kaftoun, and Dar-shmizzine. The Village is particularly famous for the Chalouhi, Zoughbi, Bou Ghosn and other families. Chalouhi family has always been the predominant family in Darbechtar and.

The Lebanese hailing from Darbechtar number 10,000 worldwide. 85% of them live outside Lebanon, mainly in Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Canada, the United States, and Uruguay.[citation needed])

The population of Darbechtar is Maronite Christian.[1]


The name of the village is derivative of the Aramaic words, Dar and Ishtar, meaning the House of Astarte. It is believed that the village was the site of an ancient Phoenician shrine for the Goddess of Fertility.[citation needed])


Darbechtar  : Mediterranean plain village with heavy rains, mild winters and hot dry arid summers.

Min / Max average temperatures in Celsius Degree
Jan (8/16) Feb (9/16) Mar (10/19) Apr (13/22) May (16/25) Jun (19/27) Jul (22/29) Aug (23/30) Sep (20/29) Oct (17/27) Nov (13/22) Dec (10/18)


The village is the home of Olive oil production. Therefore, most of the village is planted with the ever green Olive Trees along with Grapes, Figs, variety of bushes, plants, and flowers.[citation needed])

Olive oil extraction[edit]

Traditionally, olive oil was produced by crushing olives in stone or wooden mortars or beam presses. Nowadays, olives are ground to tiny bits, obtaining a paste that is mixed with water and processed by a centrifuge, which extracts the oil from the paste, leaving behind pomace.[citation needed])

Uses of the Olive Fruit[edit]

Olive Oil is used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and soaps, and as a fuel for traditional oil lamps. Olive oil is a healthful oil because of its high content of monounsaturated fat (mainly oleic acid) and polyphenols.[citation needed])

Places of worship[edit]

There are 4 places of Christian worship in Darbechtar mainly Churches:

  • Church of Saint George
  • Church of Saint Elias
  • Church of Saint Chalita
  • Church of our Lady of Saydeh
  • Church of St Joseph

Photo gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipal and ikhtiyariah elections in Northern Lebanon" (PDF). The Monthly. March 2010. p. 22. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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