Infobox City Lebanon
official_name = Bsharri
native_name = بْشَرِّيْ

image_size = 300px
image_caption = Bsharri as seen from across the Qadisha valley (facing west).
governorate = North Governorate
district = Bsharri District
lat_deg = 34
lat_min = 15
lat_sec = 5
lat_hem = N
lon_deg = 36
lon_min = 5
lon_sec = 50
lon_hem = E
elevation_m = 1650|mapx = 34.251389
mapy = 36.097222

Bsharri (also spelled "Becharre", "Bcharre", "Bsharre"; _ar. بْشَرِّيْ), is a Lebanese city at 1,650 m of altitude, near the Kadisha Valley. It is located at around coord|34|15|5|N|36|5|50|E, in the Bsharri District of the North Governorate. Bsharri is just under the Cedar forest and is the birthplace of the famous poet, painter and sculptor Khalil Gibran.

Bsharri was the site of a Phoenician settlement in ancient times. Maronite Christians fleeing persecution sought refuge in its mountainous terrain in the 7th Century AD. The Kadisha Valley, below the town, became the spiritual center of the Maronite Church. The town was known as Buissera by the Crusades.

In Lebanon, Bsharri natives are characterized as very courageous and fiercely feudal. They are especially known for their distinct accent when they speak Arabic. Unlike other parts of Lebanon, Aramaic was spoken in Bsharri well into the 1800s. As a result, Bsharri natives developed an unmistakably strong accent which lasts to this day and which they are very proud of.

During the Lebanese civil war (1975–1990), Bsharri was a bastion of Christian resistance against Syrians. In 1986 Samir Geagea, a Bsharri native, became head of the Christian Lebanese Forces (LF) movement. Many LF militiamen were drawn from the town during the civil war.

This village is still neglected by the government from after the war, having no hospital, no university, and no projects that provide careers to its youth, forcing them to move to cities and foreign countries.

Today, the village is located in a highly touristic zone including such attractions as the Gibran Tomb and Museum, Kadisha Valley where Antonios Torbey lived as Hermite in the Hermitage of St. Lichaa down in the valley; the Kadisha Grotto, the Cedars of God forest, a ski resort and Bka'kafra (the birthplace of St Charbel).

Bsharri is home to a Lebanese Red Cross First Aid Center. [ [ Our Centers ] ] . Also it is home for the "The Maronite Scouts" that started their activities early 2000.

ee also

* Bsharri District
* Dimane
* Lebanon
* Kadisha Valley
* Khalil Gibran
* Samir Geagea
* Taouk


External links

* [ Lebanese Embassy (US) Section on Bsharri]
* [ World66]

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