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
GovernorateMount Lebanon
DistrictKeserwan
Area
 • Total8.7 km2 (3.4 sq mi)
Elevation
1,850 m (6,070 ft)
Population
 • Total1,900
 • Density220/km2 (570/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
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. 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 1800 m. The road to Faraya from the coastal highway passes through Ajaltoun, Ashqout, Faytroun, Mairouba, and 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. Today, the ski slopes are the preferred destination for the region's visitors.

In 2017, Lebanon's largest statue of Saint Charbel was inaugurated making it one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in Lebanon.

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 temperatures can reach over 30 °C (86 °F) in

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. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2016-02-12.