11 Facts About Batroun


Batroun is a coastal city in northern Lebanon and one of the oldest cities in the world.

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Name Batroun is related to the Greek Botrys ( spelled Bothrys), which was later Latinized to Botrus.

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Batroun'storians believe that the Greek name of the town originates from the Phoenician word, bater, which means to cut and it refers to the maritime wall that the Phoenicians built in the sea to protect them from tidal waves.

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Biking along the Batroun coastline is a major activity namely in late summer days.

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People of Batroun are mainly Maronite, Melkite, and Greek Orthodox Christians.

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Batroun was mentioned by the ancient geographers Strabo, Pliny, Ptolemy, Stephanus Byzantius, and Hierocles.

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In 551, Batroun was destroyed by an earthquake, which caused mudslides and made the Cape Lithoprosopon crack.

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Batroun'storians believe that Batroun's large natural harbor was formed during the earthquake.

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Batroun was controlled by the Crusaders in 1104, to be known as the Lordship of Botrun as part of the County of Tripoli, until it was conquered by the Mamluks of Egypt in 1289.

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Under Ottoman rule, Batroun was the centre of a caza in the mutessariflik of Lebanon and the seat of a Maronite diocese, suffragan to the Maronite patriarchate.

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Elections, municipal and parliamentary, in Batroun have seen increasing interest, namely in the context of local and national struggle for power.

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