Baabdat (Arabic: بعبدات‎) is a town located in the Matn District of Mount Lebanon, 22 km from Beirut at an altitude ranging between 800 and 1100 meters above sea level.[1] The lush pine forests that surround the town make it a very popular summer resort for those escaping the busy coastal cities of Lebanon, especially the capital, Beirut. The town's proximity to Brummana, one of Mount Lebanon's most active summer destinations, makes Baabdat a major tourist destination in the summer.[2]

Baabdat

بعبدات
City
Map showing the location of Baabdat within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Baabdat within Lebanon
Baabdat
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 33°53′N 35°40′E / 33.883°N 35.667°E / 33.883; 35.667Coordinates: 33°53′N 35°40′E / 33.883°N 35.667°E / 33.883; 35.667
Country Lebanon
GovernorateMount Lebanon Governorate
DistrictMatn District
Highest elevation
1,100 m (3,600 ft)
Lowest elevation
800 m (2,600 ft)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Dialing code+961

DemographyEdit

The inhabitants of Baabdat are members either of the Maronite Catholic Church, or the Melkite Greek Catholic Church.not melkite greek catholic church but latin church.

EtymologyEdit

The name "Baabdat" is derivative of the Aramaic words, beit abdutha, meaning "the home of adoration." The Aramaic name refers to an ancient temple that was built by the Phoenicians to worship the ancient Canaanite, Greek and later Roman gods.[3]

HistoryEdit

When Lebanon was part of the Roman Empire, Baabdat was the center of wood choppers who transported trees to Beirut for use in ship construction.[4]

Notables from BaabdatEdit

Baabdat is the birthplace of Lebanon's former president, Émile Lahoud, politician Nassib Lahoud, film director Carmen Labaki, director and actress Nadine Labaki and the father of director and actress Salma Hayek.

Notables who live in BaabdatEdit

Although a native of Beirut, Maxime Chaya (the first from his country to climb Everest and ski all-the-way to both poles) moved to Baabdat where he now lives year-long with his children Edgard and Kelly.

Religious StructuresEdit

Like most mountain villages of Lebanon, Baabdat is home to numerous, historic churches, monasteries and convents.

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Baabdat
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 12.7
(54.9)
13.3
(55.9)
16.0
(60.8)
20.6
(69.1)
24.8
(76.6)
27.9
(82.2)
29.6
(85.3)
29.9
(85.8)
27.5
(81.5)
24.7
(76.5)
19.5
(67.1)
15.0
(59.0)
21.8
(71.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 8.8
(47.8)
9.2
(48.6)
11.4
(52.5)
15.1
(59.2)
18.8
(65.8)
21.7
(71.1)
23.2
(73.8)
23.5
(74.3)
21.4
(70.5)
19.0
(66.2)
14.6
(58.3)
10.9
(51.6)
16.5
(61.6)
Average low °C (°F) 4.9
(40.8)
5.2
(41.4)
6.8
(44.2)
9.7
(49.5)
12.8
(55.0)
15.5
(59.9)
16.8
(62.2)
17.1
(62.8)
15.4
(59.7)
13.4
(56.1)
9.8
(49.6)
6.8
(44.2)
11.2
(52.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 238
(9.4)
204
(8.0)
167
(6.6)
76
(3.0)
30
(1.2)
1
(0.0)
1
(0.0)
1
(0.0)
6
(0.2)
41
(1.6)
114
(4.5)
187
(7.4)
1,066
(41.9)
Source: [5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About Baabdat - Welcome to Baabdat". Archived from the original on 2007-06-09. Retrieved 2007-05-10.
  2. ^ "Baabdat". Archived from the original on 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2007-05-10.
  3. ^ "Municipality of Baabdath". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2007-05-10.
  4. ^ "Baabdat". Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-05-10.
  5. ^ "Climate: Baabdat". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved August 22, 2018.

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