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The Maronite Patriarch summer residence, located in Dimane.
|Elevation||1,400 m (4,600 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
Dimane (or Diman, Arabic: الديمان) is a mountainous village in the Bsharri District, in the North Governorate of Lebanon. It sits at approximately 1400m above sea level, overlooking the Kadisha Valley.
Summer Patriarchal residence
The village is well known as the summer residence of the Maronite Patriarch, currently Mar Béchara Pierre Raï. The foundation stone for the current Patriarchal residence was laid on 28 September 1899.
Dimane is also known for the "Garden of the Patriarchs", located in the west end of the village, and for the ancient footpath which starts behind the village's parish church, Saint John Maroun, and leads to the bottom of the Kadisha Valley where the Maronites headed by their Patriarch took refuge for centuries after the Arab Muslim invasions in the seventh century.
Families of Dimane include Ghosn, Assaf, Francis, Jabbour, Laba, Basil, Moussa, Yacoub, Arab, Daher, Harb, Metlege, Ramia, Daaboul, Saleh, Bazouni, Zeaiter, Abboud, Alphonse, Er El Jahesh, among others.
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