July 06, 2019 Metn Mount Lebanon Lebanon Middle East

Lebanon's Sole Bell Founders can be Found in Beit Chabab: How its Made

Beit Chabab’s bell founding could date back as far as the twelfth century when the Crusaders marched through. Naffah Naffah, the last of the town’s bell founders, traces his metallurgical roots back to the eighteenth century, when Russians taught his ancestor how to cast bells, a craft that has been handed down through the family ever since. (Community Bell Advocates)

Beit Chabab pronounced "Beit Chabéb" is a mountain village 24 km north of Beirut in Lebanon. It is the site of Lebanon's only bell foundry. The bells of Beit Chabab are sold to Christian communities in Lebanon and abroad to many countries.[2] The village was completely embosomed in mulberry gardens at the turn of the century. The oldest church in Beit Chabab is Our Lady of the Forest, which was built in 1761. The Hôpital Beit Chabab - Collège du Liban pour les handicapés is located in the village. Emigrants from Beit Chabab to the USA built the town of Youngstown in Ohio and named it after their original village in mount Lebanon. Beit Chabab translated to English is Youngstown.

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