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Map showing the location of Qartaba within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Qartaba within Lebanon
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 34°06′N 35°51′E / 34.100°N 35.850°E / 34.100; 35.850Coordinates: 34°06′N 35°51′E / 34.100°N 35.850°E / 34.100; 35.850
Country  Lebanon
Governorate Mount Lebanon Governorate
District Jbeil District
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Dialing code +961

Qartaba (Arabic: قرطبا‎, also Written as Kartaba) is a village in Lebanon, located 54 kilometres from Beirut on the mountains above Byblos at an altitude of 1250 metres.[1] A picturesque town with a large church square and well-built houses, Qartaba is surrounded by olive groves, mulberry orchards, and vineyards.[2] In Syriac, Qartaba means "good, curing and balanced weather".


The biggest families in Qartaba are:

• El-Sokhn/السخن
• Sakr/صقر
• Karam/كرم
• Beyrouthy/البيروتي
• Khoury/خوري
• Acar/عكر
• Gharios/غاريوس
• Challita/شليطا
• Salem/سالم


Qartaba was considered an important village in the Jbeil highland, a trade point for surrounding villages.[1] Silk manufacturing flourished and in 1918, seven factories employed more than 500 people and much of the silk was exported to Lyon, France.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Kartaba". Linking Lebanon. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  2. ^ Ivan Mannheim (2001). Syria & Lebanon Handbook: The Travel Guide. Footprint Travel Guides. p. 502. ISBN 1-900949-90-3. 

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