Dhour El Choueir

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Dhour El Choueir

ضهور الشوير
Dhour El Choueir road - 1947
Dhour El Choueir road - 1947
Map showing the location of Dhour El Shuwayr within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Dhour El Shuwayr within Lebanon
Dhour El Choueir
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 33°54′43.32″N 35°42′32.54″E / 33.9120333°N 35.7090389°E / 33.9120333; 35.7090389Coordinates: 33°54′43.32″N 35°42′32.54″E / 33.9120333°N 35.7090389°E / 33.9120333; 35.7090389
Country Lebanon
GovernorateMount Lebanon Governorate
DistrictMatn District
1,200 m (3,900 ft)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Dialing code+961

Dhour El Choueir (Arabic: ضهور الشوير‎) is a mountain town in Lebanon ('dhour' meaning 'summit, top [of a mountain]') located in the Matn District. It lies slightly north of the main Beirut - Damascus highway, overlooking the city of Beirut and the Mediterranean sea, some 30 km from Beirut and 42 km from Beirut International Airport in Khalde. This mountain town is one of Mount Lebanon's favored summer resorts, known for its extraordinary fresh air and is also important for its August yearly carnival, honoring Lebanon's emigrants.


The inhabitants of Dhour El-Choueir are predominantly Christians, with half of the population being Eastern Orthodox, while the other half is mostly Melkite and Maronite.


The Greek Catholic monk Abdallah Zakher set up an Arabic language printing press using movable type at the monastery of Saint John at Choueir, the first homemade press in Lebanon. He personally cut the type molds and did the founding of the elegant typeface. He created the first true Arabic script type in the Middle East. The first book off the Zakhir press was printed in 1734; this press continued to be used until 1899.[1]

It is also the birthplace of Antun Saadeh, the founder and historical leader of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP)[2] and of Tanios Bou-Nader Khneisser, the father of the Sword & Shield Folkloric Dance.

The town was on the front line during the Lebanese Civil War from 1975 to 1990.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-12-29. Retrieved 2007-03-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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