Zahlé

What is Zahlé known for?


century leading

and writers who were born Zahlé over the past century, leading to its designation as "the City of Wine and Poetry". A graceful personification of this nickname stands at the town's entrance: a statue of Erato, the Muse of love poetry, holding a bunch of grapes. Zahlé's most important cultural event is the "Festival of the Vine", traditionally held each September, during which concerts, plays, poetry evenings and artistic exhibitions are organized daily over the course


past century

and writers who were born Zahlé over the past century, leading to its designation as "the City of Wine and Poetry". A graceful personification of this nickname stands at the town's entrance: a statue of Erato, the Muse of love poetry, holding a bunch of grapes. Zahlé's most important cultural event is the "Festival of the Vine", traditionally held each September, during which concerts, plays, poetry evenings and artistic exhibitions are organized daily over the course of two or three weeks. The final Saturday evening features the crowning of the "Maid of the Vine", the local beauty queen (Beauty pageant), and the next afternoon, the festival closes with arguably its most popular event: a parade of floats (Float (parade)) held on the town's main avenue. The floats are entirely decorated with flowers according to a central theme. The other central aspect of the local culture is religious devotion. Zahlé is still a very Catholic and conservative town, and many of its inhabitants display a pride with their religious identity which comes close to fanaticism. Church attendance is high, although it often constitutes a form of social, rather than religious, gathering. In particular, it is customary to pay visit to 7 churches on Good Friday. Holidays also endorse a very social character, being a time to visit friends and relatives. Prophet Elias (Elijah) (Elijah) is the town's patron saint, whose feast on July 20 is traditionally celebrated with fireworks. Another notable holiday is Corpus-Christi, celebrated on the first Thursday of June with a large-scale procession, with a torch-lit parade being held on the previous evening. The Corpus Christi celebration dates back to 1825, when the town was spared the ravages of bubonic plague. Notable natives * Said Akl, poet, philosopher and politician * Issa Iskandar Maalouf, writer and historian * Shafik Maalouf, poet * Fawzi Maalouf, poet * Riad Maalouf, poet * Najib Hankash, poet, comedian * Nicolas Youakim, poet, musician and philosopher * Elias Habshi, poet * Charles Elachi (from nearby Riyaq (Rayak (Riyaq))), director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in NASA * Najwa Karam, singer * Wael Kfoury, singer * Isabel Bayrakdarian, Lebanese Armenian (Armenians in Lebanon) opera singer * Peter IV Geraigiry, Melkite Catholic patriarch 1898-1902 * Wael El Zahr, The Great Programmer Actor Rapper Producer Lahmb3ajiner * Elias Hrawi, president of Lebanon 1989-1998 * Moussa Nammour, former depute and minister * Shebl Dammous, former depute * Joseph Tohme Skaff, former minister and founder Of The Popular Block party * Fouad El Turk, poet, former Lebanese ambassador to the United Nations and head of the Forum of Lebanese Ambassadors * Henri Abou-Khater, lawyer and writer * Jamil Abou-Khater, judge * Joseph Abou-Khater, former minister and ambassador of Lebanon in Egypt * Rachid Ammoury Maalouf, founder of the "RBA Company" * Lory Al Moakar, innovator of computer science at Grove City College * Roula Kehdi, Shoe Accessory Designer Fashion Consultant * Rina Chibany, Miss Lebanon 2012 * Colombian pop-star Shakira is also of local descent through her father William Mebarak Chadid. * Mansour Hobeika, Maronite Catholic bishop International relations Twin towns — Sister cities -- birth_place Zahlé, Lebanon origin '''Isabel Bayrakdarian''' (born 1974 in Zahlé, Lebanon) is a Grammy Award-nominated Armenian Canadian (Canadians of Armenian descent) opera singer. *Tripoli: Rue El Mina *Zahlé: Rue Brazil Rose Bouziane was born in Zahlé, Lebanon, to a sheep broker and a teacher. She taught high school French (French language) and Arabic (Arabic language), as the first woman teacher to teach outside of her hometown, before she married Nathra Nader in 1925. They immigrated to the United States, and soon settled in Winsted, Connecticut, where Nathra's Main Street bakery restaurant general store became a place for residents bemoaning actions or inactions at town hall. With her husband, she authored ''It Happened in the Kitchen: Recipes for Food and Thought'' ISBN 0-936758-29-5 In the Bekaa, there are Armenians living in Zahlé and most notably Anjar (Anjar, Lebanon).


population close

. The metropolitan area extends over much of the Zahlé District, and additionally comprises: * the town of Kab Elias to the Southwest * the town of Bar Elias (Barelias) to the South * the villages of Furzol, Ablah and Niha (Niha Bekaa) to the Northeast * and the towns of Riyaq (Rayak (Riyaq)), Haoush Hala and Ali en Nahri to the East with a total population close to 200,000. Zahlé is the largest predominantly Christian (Christianity in Lebanon) town in Lebanon


largest taking

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sculptures representing

-- birth_place Zahlé, Lebanon origin '''Isabel Bayrakdarian''' (born 1974 in Zahlé, Lebanon) is a Grammy Award-nominated Armenian Canadian (Canadians of Armenian descent) opera singer. *Tripoli: Rue El Mina *Zahlé: Rue Brazil Rose Bouziane was born in Zahlé, Lebanon, to a sheep broker and a teacher. She taught high school French (French language) and Arabic (Arabic language), as the first woman teacher to teach outside of her hometown, before she married Nathra Nader in 1925. They immigrated to the United States, and soon settled in Winsted, Connecticut, where Nathra's Main Street bakery restaurant general store became a place for residents bemoaning actions or inactions at town hall. With her husband, she authored ''It Happened in the Kitchen: Recipes for Food and Thought'' ISBN 0-936758-29-5 In the Bekaa, there are Armenians living in Zahlé and most notably Anjar (Anjar, Lebanon).


traditional stone

to be a reproduction of a portrait of the Virgin Mary by Saint Lucas. It also features a monumental entrance, an underground cemetery, and a -- birth_place Zahlé, Lebanon origin '''Isabel Bayrakdarian''' (born 1974 in Zahlé, Lebanon) is a Grammy Award-nominated Armenian Canadian (Canadians of Armenian descent) opera singer. *Tripoli: Rue El Mina *Zahlé: Rue Brazil Rose Bouziane was born in Zahlé, Lebanon, to a sheep broker and a teacher. She taught high school French (French language) and Arabic (Arabic language), as the first woman teacher to teach outside of her hometown, before she married Nathra Nader in 1925. They immigrated to the United States, and soon settled in Winsted, Connecticut, where Nathra's Main Street bakery restaurant general store became a place for residents bemoaning actions or inactions at town hall. With her husband, she authored ''It Happened in the Kitchen: Recipes for Food and Thought'' ISBN 0-936758-29-5 In the Bekaa, there are Armenians living in Zahlé and most notably Anjar (Anjar, Lebanon).


important bronze

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religious devotion

of two or three weeks. The final Saturday evening features the crowning of the "Maid of the Vine", the local beauty queen (Beauty pageant), and the next afternoon, the festival closes with arguably its most popular event: a parade of floats (Float (parade)) held on the town's main avenue. The floats are entirely decorated with flowers according to a central theme. The other central aspect of the local culture is religious devotion. Zahlé is still a very Catholic and conservative town, and many of its inhabitants display a pride with their religious identity which comes close to fanaticism. Church attendance is high, although it often constitutes a form of social, rather than religious, gathering. In particular, it is customary to pay visit to 7 churches on Good Friday. Holidays also endorse a very social character, being a time to visit friends and relatives. Prophet Elias (Elijah) (Elijah) is the town's patron saint, whose feast on July 20 is traditionally celebrated with fireworks. Another notable holiday is Corpus-Christi, celebrated on the first Thursday of June with a large-scale procession, with a torch-lit parade being held on the previous evening. The Corpus Christi celebration dates back to 1825, when the town was spared the ravages of bubonic plague. Notable natives * Said Akl, poet, philosopher and politician * Issa Iskandar Maalouf, writer and historian * Shafik Maalouf, poet * Fawzi Maalouf, poet * Riad Maalouf, poet * Najib Hankash, poet, comedian * Nicolas Youakim, poet, musician and philosopher * Elias Habshi, poet * Charles Elachi (from nearby Riyaq (Rayak (Riyaq))), director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in NASA * Najwa Karam, singer * Wael Kfoury, singer * Isabel Bayrakdarian, Lebanese Armenian (Armenians in Lebanon) opera singer * Peter IV Geraigiry, Melkite Catholic patriarch 1898-1902 * Wael El Zahr, The Great Programmer Actor Rapper Producer Lahmb3ajiner * Elias Hrawi, president of Lebanon 1989-1998 * Moussa Nammour, former depute and minister * Shebl Dammous, former depute * Joseph Tohme Skaff, former minister and founder Of The Popular Block party * Fouad El Turk, poet, former Lebanese ambassador to the United Nations and head of the Forum of Lebanese Ambassadors * Henri Abou-Khater, lawyer and writer * Jamil Abou-Khater, judge * Joseph Abou-Khater, former minister and ambassador of Lebanon in Egypt * Rachid Ammoury Maalouf, founder of the "RBA Company" * Lory Al Moakar, innovator of computer science at Grove City College * Roula Kehdi, Shoe Accessory Designer Fashion Consultant * Rina Chibany, Miss Lebanon 2012 * Colombian pop-star Shakira is also of local descent through her father William Mebarak Chadid. * Mansour Hobeika, Maronite Catholic bishop International relations Twin towns — Sister cities -- birth_place Zahlé, Lebanon origin '''Isabel Bayrakdarian''' (born 1974 in Zahlé, Lebanon) is a Grammy Award-nominated Armenian Canadian (Canadians of Armenian descent) opera singer. *Tripoli: Rue El Mina *Zahlé: Rue Brazil Rose Bouziane was born in Zahlé, Lebanon, to a sheep broker and a teacher. She taught high school French (French language) and Arabic (Arabic language), as the first woman teacher to teach outside of her hometown, before she married Nathra Nader in 1925. They immigrated to the United States, and soon settled in Winsted, Connecticut, where Nathra's Main Street bakery restaurant general store became a place for residents bemoaning actions or inactions at town hall. With her husband, she authored ''It Happened in the Kitchen: Recipes for Food and Thought'' ISBN 0-936758-29-5 In the Bekaa, there are Armenians living in Zahlé and most notably Anjar (Anjar, Lebanon).


classical studies

abbr on to the Southwest): rock sculptures of three deities that seem to be of Roman origin


high bronze

thumb Our Lady of Zahle and Bekaa. Took in the 1970s (File:Our Lady of Bekaa.jpg) Located on a hilltop to the Southwest of Zahlé, this is a -- birth_place Zahlé, Lebanon origin '''Isabel Bayrakdarian''' (born 1974 in Zahlé, Lebanon) is a Grammy Award-nominated Armenian Canadian (Canadians of Armenian descent) opera singer. *Tripoli: Rue El Mina *Zahlé: Rue Brazil Rose Bouziane was born in Zahlé, Lebanon, to a sheep broker and a teacher. She taught high school French (French language) and Arabic (Arabic language), as the first woman teacher to teach outside of her hometown, before she married Nathra Nader in 1925. They immigrated to the United States, and soon settled in Winsted, Connecticut, where Nathra's Main Street bakery restaurant general store became a place for residents bemoaning actions or inactions at town hall. With her husband, she authored ''It Happened in the Kitchen: Recipes for Food and Thought'' ISBN 0-936758-29-5 In the Bekaa, there are Armenians living in Zahlé and most notably Anjar (Anjar, Lebanon).

Zahlé

'''Zahlé''' (also transliterated '''Zahleh'''; Lebanese Arabic: It is famous throughout Lebanon and the region for its pleasant climate, numerous riverside restaurants and quality arak (Arak (drink)). Its inhabitants are predominantly Greek Catholic (Melkite Christianity in Lebanon) and known as '''Zahlawis'''.

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