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(55 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.
    The town owes its name to a large number of water sources and springs forming small rivers, which made the surrounding plain very fertile.


  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.
    South of Ibl al Saqi lies al Khiam, a fairly big town with houses built on a hill overlooking the plain of  Marjayoun. The al Dardarah spring bursts out west of the locality and irrigates its fields and orchards.
    Near 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.
   Further south is the village of Kfar Kila and the important mausoleum and shrine of Nabi Khodor who is related to Mar Jurious (St. George).

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