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Posted by on Sep 17, 2006 in At TMV | 6 comments

Lebanon : A Land Of Great Legends and History

(Lebanon Becharri Cathedral)

Lebanon was again in the limelight only because of Israeli attack. Bloggers and others who wrote a great deal then are now not even concerned as to what is going on in Lebanon. Why is Lebanon important?

This and other thoughts were sent to me by a friend in New York. He shares some interesting information too.

1. Lebanon has 18 religious communities.

2. It has 40 daily newspapers.

3. It has 42 universities.

4. It has over 100 banks (that is banks and not branches of a bank).

5. 70 per cent of the students are in private schools.

6. 40 per cent of the Lebanese people are Christians (this is the highest percentage of all the Arab countries).

7. There’s 1 doctor per 10 people in Lebanon (In Europe & America,
there’s 1 doctor per 100 people).

8. The name LEBANON appears 75 times in the Old Testament.

9. The name CEDAR (Lebanon’s tree) appears 75 times too in the Old
Testament!!

10. Beirut was destroyed and rebuilt 7 times (this is why it’s
compared to The Phoenix).

11. There are 3.5 Million Lebanese in Lebanon.

12. There are around 10 million Lebanese outside Lebanon!

OTHER INTERESTING FACTS

1. Lebanon – the country at different times in history has so far been occupied by over 15 countries:-
Egyptians, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Alexander the
Great’s Army, the Roman Empire, Byzantine, the Arabian Peninsula, The
Crusaders, the Ottoman Empire, Britain, France, Israel, Syria.

2. Byblos (city in Lebanon) is the oldest, continuously living city
in the world.

3. Lebanon’s name has been around for 4,000 years non-stop (it’s the
oldest country/nation’s name in the world!)

4. Lebanon is the only Asian/African country that doesn’t have a
desert.

5. There are 15 rivers in Lebanon (all of them coming from its own
mountains).

6. Lebanon is one of the most populated countries in its
archeological sites, in the world!!!

7. The first alphabet was created in Byblos (city in Lebanon).

8. The only remaining temple of Jupiter (the main Roman god) is in
Baalbeck, Lebanon (The City of the Sun).

9. The name of BYBLOS comes from the BIBLE!!!

10. Lebanon is the country that has the most books written about it.

11. Lebanon is the only non-dictatorial country in the Arab world (it
has a President!)

12. According to Christianity Jesus Christ made his 1st miracle in
Lebanon, in Sidon (The miracle of turning water into wine).

13. The Phoenicians (Original People of Lebanon) built the 1st boat,
and they were the first to sail ever.

14. Phoenicians also reached America long before Christopher Columbus
did.

15. The 1st law school in the world was built in Lebanon, in Downtown
Beirut.
(A 2000-year-old Cedar of Lebanon. The grove in Becharri, Northern Lebanon, has some of the oldert trees on earth.)

16. People say that the cedars were planted by God’s own hands.

This is why they’re called “The Cedars of God”, and this is why
Lebanon is called “God’s Country on Earth.”

My friend concludes: “Is it not a real Crime against Humanity to destroy a country with such a history? Whatever be the reason.”

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  • Holly in Cincinnati

    You forgot to mention that Lebanese workers helped build the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.

  • Holly in Cincinnati

    Funny, that reasoning hasn’t stopped a single attack on Israel.

    My friend concludes: “Is it not a real Crime against Humanity to destroy a country with such a history? Whatever be the reason.”

  • Swaraaj

    I agree Holly. The countries with such great shared heritage should be living in peace…

  • kreiz

    In the same vein, Holly, the ending rhetorical question should be directed to radical Islam, not to Israel. That is, which faction has designs on destroying Lebanon’s marvelous multiculturalism? I’d suggest that it’s not Israel or the West.

  • Micah

    14. Phoenicians also reached America long before Christopher Columbus did.

    And where did that information/evidence for this come from?

  • C Stanley

    There have been numerous reports of findings of Phoenician writings in various places in N. America, but I think most or all of them have been proven to be fake. I guess the idea is that since they were accomplished sailors, it is theoretically possible that they reached America, but I don’t think there’s any real evidence of it.

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