• Casa: Batroun
  • Distance from Beirut: 57 Km
  • Altitude: 400 m
  • Access: Al Madfoun-Thoum-Rachana-SmarJbeil-Eddeh- Or Batroun-Al Dawra-Edde
General and historical information

There are several possible meanings for the word eddeh: from the Hebrew ed meaning “fog” or from the root ed meaning “strength and fortitude”. Ed could be misspelled meaning “side”. Iddo in the Torah means “the strong and the severe”. Eddeh is a very old town; one of its churches is over 800 years old.

It is distinguished by the variety of families. Its inhabitants abandoned it in the 14th century and installed in Bhannes, in the region of Bekfaya, and most of Bhannes residents’ roots are in Eddeh, and Batroun. The Meneem family allegedly lived in this town after leaving Basbina, then left to America and never came back. To this day, the place where they lived is known as Dahr Meneem.

Eddeh is the town of bishops and theologians, like the deceased bishops Elias Chdid and Youhanna Chdid, who was a Maronite bishop in Los Angeles.

In Eddeh there are also caves as well as a great number of traditional stone houses with vaulted ceilings, brick roofs, and antique fountains with some jars.

Monuments and sites to visit
  • Mar Saba antique Parish Church (St. Sabbas):

Built during the medieval period, a crusader church, dating back to 1262 AD. Its style is Roman, rustic, and military with very large walls, big pillars and narrow windows for the archers. The church is distinguished by its frescoes, renovated in 2014 by the association for the restoration and study of the medieval frescoes in Lebanon (AREFML), under the supervision of the General Direction of the Antiquities in Lebanon (DGA) with artists coming from Russia.  On the North wall is the Dormition of the Virgin Mary and Syriac inscriptions. On the South wall is a Virgin Mary in her majesty and Jesus Christ. We can also recognize St. George and admire a beautiful crucifix. These frescoes seem to be the result of collaboration between local and occidental masters of the Byzantine style. The church contains the relics of Saint Sabbas, whose feast is celebrated on 25 August.

Contact the mayor Gaby Elias Hanna for the key: (03/657 358 – 06/721 211) or Mr. Michel Wakim (71/975 663).

 

  • Mar Mema Byzantine Church (St. Mamas):

One of the oldest Lebanese churches, built on the remains of a pagan temple in the 6th century, and turned into a convent. It is built with antique material, it’s a private entail. A mass is celebrated only on September 2nd, the patron saint’s feast. The key is with Mr. Samih Doumit or Mrs. Claire Youssef (03/879 2452)

 

  • Landmarks of Mar Geryes Church (St. Georges):

Only by oral tradition, we know what these landmarks mean. No research or archaeological excavation has yet taken place, and there are no manuscript sources about this site either.

 

  • Remains of Mar Nohra Church (St. Licius):

Located in “Dhour Eddeh”, but not mentioned in manuscripts. The only information we have about this site comes from local stories.

Local productions and agricultures

Local agricultures: Grape, olives, figs, cactus, avocado.

Local productions: Wine, olive oil, jams, thyme, sumac, arak, almonds, nut, vinegar, pickles…

Local activities
  • Visit Clos Du Phoenix winery: a visit to a vineyard and winery, followed by a wine tasting. There is also a restaurant nearby to be visited. Mrs. Maya Chdid: (03/271 672) closduphoenix.com; Fb. Clos Du Phoenix
Touristic and services institutions

Manakish bakery: Mr. Jihad Youssef  (76/876 424)

Al Hara Café: Fast food, entertainment, and games (70/820 005)

Clos Du Phoenix restaurant : Mrs. Maya Chdid: (03/271 672) www.closduphoenix.com; Fb. Clos Du Phoenix

Local Guides

Mrs. Ghada Khattar: (06/720 870)

Useful information

Gas station: Mr. Saray Youssef (03/775 505)