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The Village of Bejdarfel

Bejdarfel is a village in the middle of the prefecture of Batroun, five miles from the local capital Batroun city, twenty-three from Tripoli and a little over forty from the Lebanese capital Beirut. It is surrounded by Kour to the East, by Ejdebra to the West, Ibreen to the North and Kfifan to the South, and stands1,200 feet above sea level. From Bejdarfel the view with open horizons all around is superb, for one has on every side a belvedere and an esplanade.

The origins of the name of the village, certainly Syriac or Aramaic, are vague and uncertain, difficult to analyze. However, one may consider several likely interpretations, such as The Valley, The Crossroads, The Robe, Health, God of Luck, Spring of Water, Place of the Elephant, and so on.

Whatever the meaning of its name, the village stands there, attractive on its hills, bathed in sunlight, with superb residences and very proud of its history.

The easiest way to reach it is by the highway going over Madfoun Bridge to Rashana, Smar Jbeil, and Kfifan, or by the road from Batroun through Eddeh and Kfifan.

Several hills underlie the village or surround it. Many ruins date back to two thousand years before Christ. Archeological remains, ancient constructions and a number of sarcophagi are to be found at the locality called Er-Rooss and there is a carved rock in the form of a cow close by El-Masara’.

Of churches there are several, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Nohra (The Light) and the parish church of St. Pandalayon dating back to 1763. The patron of the last named is invoked by women who are sterile they come making vows and praying with fervor for the Lord to give answer to their desires. One may also visit the church of St. Lucian of Antioch, patron for the eyes, built in 1880 during the Mutassarefat regime.

There are several oil-presses, cellars thousands of years old, the ancient cave called Madarat, valleys, and springs of fresh water such as Ain Niha, Ain Maria and Ain ed-Daya’a.

The village has abundant olive groves, vineyards and fig orchards, as well as trees giving shade. The region of Batroun has excellent soil for grapes for wine and therefore “cellars” are increasing in number with names that have a great reputation.

There are several fine residences in the village belonging to people well off. Since the summer of the year 2001 there has been a festival celebrated on the village square of Bejdarfel, with dancing, plays, and folksong. Young people from all around take part in the festivities, entry being free.

Bejdarfel has a thoroughly modern infrastructure, including roads, running water, telephone service, electricity, doctors’ clinics, schools and municipal services. The inhabitants divide their days between their village and the towns where they work, mostly Batroun, Jounieh and Beirut.

Joseph Matar
Translation from the French: K.J. Mortimer

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