Khirbet Selm

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Khirbet Selm
خربت سلم
village
Map showing the location of Khirbet Selm within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Khirbet Selm within Lebanon
Khirbet Selm
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 33°13′45″N 35°25′00″E / 33.22917°N 35.41667°E / 33.22917; 35.41667Coordinates: 33°13′45″N 35°25′00″E / 33.22917°N 35.41667°E / 33.22917; 35.41667
Grid position 190/292 PAL
Country  Lebanon
Governorate Nabatieh Governorate
District Bint Jbeil District
Government
 • mayor Khalil Sherry
Elevation 438 m (1,437 ft)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Dialing code +961

Kherbet Selm (Arabic: خربت سلم‎‎)[1] is a village in southern Lebanon.

The municipality of Khirbet Selm is located in the Kaza of Bent Jbayl one of is one of the eight mohafazats (governorates) of Lebanon. Khirbet Selm is 104 kilometers (64.6256 mi) away from Beirut the capital of Lebanon. It's elevations is of 630 meters (2067.03 ft - 688.968 yd) above sea level. Khirbet Selm surface stretches for 379 hectares (12.60 km² - 9.46294 mi²).[2]

History[edit]

In 1875 Victor Guérin described it: “In the middle of a deep and broad ravine the 'Wady el Huzir rises, a sort of rocky islet lying north and south. Oblong and narrow, it serves as the site of a village called Kh. Selem, which contains a population of 130 Metawileh.”[3]

He further noted: “Here are found the remains of an ancient church, such as cut stones, shafts more or less broken, and a circular baptismal font. Here I also saw several Greek crosses engraved on lintels of doors, cisterns, presses cut in the rock, and even some houses still standing which may be older than the Mussulman invasion.”[4]

In 1881, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described it: “A village, built of stone, containing 200 Metawileh, on ridge, with spring and cisterns ; arable cultivation around.”[5]

They further noted: "South of the village there is a level area of rock, in the middle of which one column is standing. Another column and two or three pedestals form part of a wall on the west. There are no capitals. This was probably a Christian church. The columns are not well dressed."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ meaning: Selem’s ruin; also the name of a plant, according to Palmer, 1881, p. 28
  2. ^ Khirbet Selm, Localiban
  3. ^ Guérin, 1880, p. 266; translated by Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 88
  4. ^ Guérin, 1880, p. 266; translated by Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 121
  5. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 88
  6. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 121

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