February 18, 2016 Keserwan Lebanon Middle East

Zouk Mikael: A City of Peace

Zouk Mikael (زوق مكايل‎) is a town and municipality in the Keserwan District of the Mount Lebanon Governorate in Lebanon. It is located 14 kilometers north of Beirut. Zouk Mikael's average elevation is 70 meters above sea level and its total land area is 308 hectares. Its inhabitants are predominantly Melkite and Maronite Catholics. There are seven schools in the town, two public and five private, which together enrolled a total of 2,991 students in 2005.

The town is well-known for its Ottoman-era souk (open-air market), which was renovated and restored in 1995. The souk is a pedestrian market with arcades and numerous shops and sidewalk cafés. In addition to several monasteries and historic churches, such as the Saint George Church, Zouk Mikael is home to an open-air, Roman-era amphitheatre, which hosts live summer concerts. In 1999, theUNESCO chose Zouk Mikael as "City of Peace".

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