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Map showing the location of Markaba within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Markaba within Lebanon
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 33°14′0″N 35°31′0″E / 33.23333°N 35.51667°E / 33.23333; 35.51667Coordinates: 33°14′0″N 35°31′0″E / 33.23333°N 35.51667°E / 33.23333; 35.51667
Grid position 197/293 PAL
Country  Lebanon
Governorate Nabatieh Governorate
District Marjeyoun District
Elevation 700 m (2,300 ft)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Dialing code +961

Markaba (Arabic: مركبا‎) is a village located at Marjayoun municipality at Nabatieh Governorate, Lebanon. It is geographically located south of Raabatt Tallame, East of Banni Hayyan and North east of Tallussah, South Lebanon and 850 M larges.


E. H. Palmer wrote that the name Merkebeh came from a personal name, from "to ride" or "to lie", as one thing on top of another.[1]


In 1596, it was named as a village, Markaba famous as Marj Kaba, in the Ottoman nahiya (subdistrict) of Tibnin under the liwa' (district) of Safad, with a population of 15 households and 1 bachelor, all Muslim. The villagers paid a fixed tax rate of 25% on agricultural products, such as wheat, barley, fruit trees, goats and beehives, in addition to "occasional revenues"; a total of 5,110 akçe.[2][3]

In 1875 Victor Guérin found Markaba to have 150 Metawileh inhabitants.[4] He further noted: "Here a mosque replaces a more ancient sanctuary, temple, or church, to which belonged several fragments of monolithic columns, and good hewn stones scattered about in the village, or built up in the farm-buildings. About twenty rock-cut cisterns and a sarcophagus also go to prove that this was a place of some importance."[5]

In 1881, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described it as: "A village, built of stone, containing about 400 Metawileh, situated on top of hill, surrounded by figs, olives, and arable land, with a birket, cisterns and a spring near."[6]

The SWP further noted: "A village containing the remains of an early Christian church; two Corinthian capitals, several broken columns of different sizes, lintels, and some large well-dressed stones scattered about the village. Here is a Greek inscription on a stone, and a cross on another stone. There is a wine-press, rock-cut cisterns, and a dolmen near this village."[7]


It is about 950 meters above sea level and thus is dry in the summers and wet in the winter. The average temperature can dip below 0˚C in the winter months of December, January and February. During the spring the weather is temperate and mild. The summer is dry and can reach about 35˚C during the day. Most of the rainfall, which is about 10 to 16 inches is in the winter months and spring.[citation needed]


Depend on agriculture, business, and money transfers from overseas. Most electricity is provided by the government and village's generators.[citation needed]


The recent population is about 3.250 people who are living in the village, the maximum population of the village is about 10.000 persons especially during the holiday or summer season.[citation needed]


Almost all of the villagers are Shiites. There are 3 mosques in the town and one Hussainiyah, for religious purposes. The first Mosque at the eastern part of the town is in good condition, but the second mosque at the center of the town was damaged during the last war but underwent reconstruction and is now up and running.[citation needed]


The Families Are distributed: Hammoud, Atwi, Zaraket, chehimi,Chamseddine, Haidar, Younes, Nour El Deen, Mobarak, Shahla, Baydoun, Awada, Fahda, Krayani, El Khalil, Bourji, Khames, Mourad, Ragahda, El Hasani, Kashmar, El Ashkar, Rida, Dakik, Noureddine and Messelmani.[citation needed]


Most of the locals plant Olive, Wheat and Tobacco. Most of the income comes from the agricultural and the transferred money from some of this village's residents who have overseas jobs or in the Lebanon big city jobs as well.[citation needed]


A few public transportations are seen in the area, commonly the public transportations that take students from their home to the school daily and some taxi which are operated from Marjayoun.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 30
  2. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 182
  3. ^ Note that Rhode, 1979, p. 6 writes that the register that Hütteroth and Abdulfattah studied was not from 1595/6, but from 1548/9
  4. ^ Guerin, 1880, p. 383
  5. ^ Guerin, 1880, p. 383; given in Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 136
  6. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 89
  7. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 136


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