Zouk Mikael

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Zouk Mikael
زوق مكايل
Zuq Mikha'il
Map showing the location of Zouk Mikael within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Zouk Mikael within Lebanon
Zouk Mikael
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 33°58′18″N 35°36′58″E / 33.97167°N 35.61611°E / 33.97167; 35.61611Coordinates: 33°58′18″N 35°36′58″E / 33.97167°N 35.61611°E / 33.97167; 35.61611
Country  Lebanon
Governorate Mount Lebanon
District Keserwan
 • Head of Municipality Nouhad Noufal
 • Total 3.08 km2 (1.19 sq mi)
Elevation 70 m (230 ft)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Dialing code +961

Zouk Mikael (Arabic: زوق مكايل‎‎, also spelled Zuq Mikha'il or Zouk Mkayel) is a town and municipality in the Keserwan District of the Mount Lebanon Governorate in Lebanon. It is located 14 kilometers north of Beirut. Zouk Mikael's average elevation is 70 meters above sea level and its total land area is 308 hectares.[1] Its inhabitants are predominantly Melkite and Maronite Catholics.[2] Its municipal council consists of 18 members and as of 2008, was presided by Nouhad Naufal.[1] There are seven schools in the town, two public and five private, which together enrolled a total of 2,991 students in 2005–2006.[1]

The town is well-known for its Ottoman-era souk (open-air market), which was renovated and restored in 1995.[3] The souk is a pedestrian market with arcades and numerous shops and sidewalk cafés. In addition to several monasteries and historic churches, such as the Saint George Church, Zouk Mikael is home to an open-air, Roman-era amphitheatre, which hosts live summer concerts. In 1999, the UNESCO chose Zouk Mikael as "City of Peace".[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "Zouk Mkayel". Localiban. Localiban. 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  2. ^ "Elections municipales et ikhtiariah au Mont-Liban" (pdf). Localiban. Localiban. 2010. p. 19. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  3. ^ a b "Qada' (Caza) Keserwan" (PDF). Middle East Airlines. Promenade. p. 30. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-11-02. 

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