Faraya

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Faraya
فاريا
Municipality
Faraya is located in Lebanon
Faraya
Faraya
Location in Lebanon
Coordinates: 34°0′44″N 35°49′26″E / 34.01222°N 35.82389°E / 34.01222; 35.82389Coordinates: 34°0′44″N 35°49′26″E / 34.01222°N 35.82389°E / 34.01222; 35.82389
Country  Lebanon
Governorate Mount Lebanon
District Keserwan
Area
 • Total 8.7 km2 (3.4 sq mi)
Elevation 1,850 m (6,070 ft)
Population
 • Total 1,900
 • Density 220/km2 (570/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Dialing code +961

Faraya (Arabic: فاريا‎‎) is a village and municipality in the Keserwan District of the Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon. It is located 46 kilometers north of Beirut. Its average elevation is 1,850 meters above sea level and its total land area is 870 hectares.[1] Faraya's inhabitants are predominantly Maronite Christians.[2]

Geography[edit]

The name "Faraya" stands for "The land of fruits and vegetables" in Phoenician due to its soil fertility.[citation needed] Faraya is located in the Keserwan District in Lebanon, 42 km away from Beirut, and 20 km away from Jounieh. Faraya has an altitude ranging from 1600 m to 2300 m. The road to Faraya from the coastal highway passes through Ajaltoun, Ashqout, Faytroun, Mairouba, Hrajel.

In 2007, the Chabrouh Dam was inaugurated creating one of the highest reservoirs in the Middle-east region, but as a result, flooded more than three quarter of the orchards. The ski slopes are today the preferred destination for the region's visitors

Climate[edit]

In winter, Faraya has a cold climate with snow accumulations that can reach more than 1.5 metres (5 ft) and temperature drops to −6 °C (21 °F) or lower in winter. In summer temperature can reach over 30 °C (86 °F) in July and August.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Faraya". Localiban. Localiban. 2008-01-19. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Elections municipales et ikhtiariah au Mont-Liban" (pdf). Localiban. Localiban. 2010. p. 19. Retrieved 2016-02-12.