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Map showing the location of Sereel within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Sereel within Lebanon
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 34°17′24″N 35°54′41″E / 34.29000°N 35.91139°E / 34.29000; 35.91139Coordinates: 34°17′24″N 35°54′41″E / 34.29000°N 35.91139°E / 34.29000; 35.91139
Country  Lebanon
Governorate North Governorate
District Zgharta District
Elevation 521 m (1,709 ft)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Dialing code +961

Sereel ( known also as Siriil or Sir'il, Arabic: سرعل‎‎) is a village located in the Zgharta District in the North Governorate of Lebanon. It is situated in the valley of Qozhaya, the northern branch of the Valley of Qadisha.

Its population is Maronite Christian.[1]

The origin of the name Serhel is Syriac, meaning "the elevated wall." The town is known for its pine forest, which also has some oak trees, in addition to a number of springs, most notably the Spring of Seraal. At an elevation of approximately 2,600 feet, the village commands an impressive view of the lower Kadisha valley to the east and from higher up in its pine forest a view of the Sahel down to the city of Tripoli and the blue Mediterranean Sea.[citation needed]

Serhel is home to a number of caves, including the cave of Bint Al-Malak ("the kings daughter"), Al-Zwayyet cave, and Ain Al-Mghara cave. Religious sites in the village include the ancient Church of the Angel Michael, dating back to 1893; the Grotto of Our Lady of Salvation; the Church of Saint Georges; the Church of Mar Sarkis and Bakhos; and the Church of Mar Challita.[citation needed]

During the presidency of Suleiman Frangieh in the 1970s, a major highway was built passing through the center of Serhel and linking Beirut and Shikka on the coast to Ehden and the Kadisha Gorge higher up on Mount Lebanon. The construction of this highway has made the picturesque village of Serhel more accessible, and made possible the construction of a large hotel and spa, Le Tournant, on the outskirts of town, bringing Serhel into the touristic picture of Lebanon.[citation needed]

Further reading[edit]

Serhel is extensively described, with a front cover of the village, in From Lebanon to California by Dr. Henry J. Zeiter, Xlibris Publishers, 2005.


  1. ^ "Municipal and ikhtiyariah elections in Northern Lebanon" (PDF). The Monthly. March 2010. p. 23. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 

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