km from Sidon)
Jdeidet Marjayoun is the prosperous chief town of a large caza
with tens of villages. Several
roads lead to it, the best known being the Sidon - Nabatiye -
Kfartabnit - Arnun - Marjeyun road.
town owes its name to a large number of water sources and
springs forming small rivers, which made the surrounding plain
It has a wide variety of trees and is famous for its
beautiful landscape and mild climate.
The most important source is the al Dardarah
spring to the east, near al Khiam not far from the southern
Lebanese border. This
is surrounded by outdoor restaurants serving Lebanese food.
Several banks, hotels and hospitals are found in
Jdeidet Marjayoun. In
its vicinity, the tourist can visit many archeological sites,
such as Al Shqif, Tell Dibbin (where you can
still find ancient tombs) and Hasbaya.
Near Dibbin is the mausoleum of Nabi Hizine.
Three kilometers north of Marjayoun is the mausoleum of
the prophet Ezekiel, a holy shrine visited by believers
seeking the prophet’s blessing. Eight kilometers east of Jdeidet Marjayoun lies the village of Ibl
al Saqi, famous for its beautiful houses and the springs
that made the agricultural development of the village
possible. Before the war, local authorities opened the so-called
“Farmer’s house,” an institution aiming at raising the
living standard of the peasants.
A cultural and social club contributed to this project
by creating workshops for traditional handicrafts.
of Ibl al Saqi lies al Khiam, a fairly big town with
houses built on a hill overlooking the plain of
al Dardarah spring bursts out west of the locality and
irrigates its fields and orchards.
Qlayya south of Marjayoun
is an old monastery known as Qedissa Hanni which stands
on a high hill visible from the road.
The huge structure, with its own underground stables,
is in ruin with the exception of a small chapel installed in
1993. You then
reach Adayse and Mays al Jabal where you can visit an old
Mosque said to belong to one of the Prophet’s companions,
Abi Zor al ghafari. In
Blida (30 km), there is an 18th century mosque with
an old well. Below Blida
village are three old springs, now covered, around which many
legends are told.
south is the village of Kfar Kila and the important
mausoleum and shrine of Nabi Khodor who is related to Mar
Jurious (St. George).