Hadath El Jebbeh
|Hadath el Jebbeh
|Elevation||1,500 m (4,900 ft)|
|Highest elevation||2,000 m (7,000 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||1,000 m (3,000 ft)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Hadath el Jebbeh (Arabic: حدث الجبة, also known as Hadad, and known locally as H'adid (حَدِد)), is a town located in Bsharri District in the North Governorate of Lebanon. It was originally settled in 400 A.D., and is situated on a hill at an altitude of 1500 meters, overlooking the Qannoubine valley, 'The Valley of Saints'.
Hadath el Jebbeh is a summer resort and touristic place, benefiting from its welcoming and friendly local families. The inhabitants of the village are mostly Christian Maronite, with the presence of two Big Churches in town, the historical St. Daniel church which was built in 1110 A.D., and Notre-Dame church built in 1956. At the end of summer, Hadath el Jebbeh celebrates St. Daniel Festival, which takes place every second Sunday of September of each year.
Location, climate and nature
Hadath el Jebbeh is located in Bcharri district, overlooking Qannoubine Valley. The village is 94 km away from Lebanese Capital, Beirut, and 65 km away from Tripoli, the largest city in North Lebanon.
Hadath el Jebbeh is well known by its cold (sometimes freezing) snowy weather during winter, and its cool weather during summer, which makes it lovely to visit anytime throughout the year, especially in the summer season, where numerous Lebanese consider it one of the best summer residences in Lebanon.
Hadath is the name of three localities in Lebanon. To differentiate between the localities, the name of the region is added, Hadath Beirut, Hadath Baalbeck and finally Hadath el Joubbeh. Other localities by this name exist in the Middle-East.
The Semitic root of Hadath means the new. Hadath could mean the new town.
The common pronunciation of the name is Hadad or H'adid . It gives an indication to a probable different meaning. Hadad was the northwest Semitic storm and rain god and the town could have had a temple dedicated to this god. And the popular tradition claims that the church dedicated to the saint patron of Hadath, Saint Daniel[disambiguation needed], was built on the remnants of a pagan temple.
Jebbeh is the traditional name of the Kadisha region, called also Jebbet Bsharri in reference to Bsharri the largest town of this region. The Semitic root Gb means well, deep and could be a reference to the deep gorges of the Kadisha. In Lebanon, other Jebbeh exist like Jebbet Mnaytra and Jebbet Yanuh.
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