Place:Jounieh, Lebanon


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Jounieh (Arabic جونيه, or Junia, جونية) is a coastal city about north of Beirut, Lebanon. Jounieh is known by the Agence française pour l'enseignement à l'étranger for its seaside resorts and bustling nightlife, as well as its old stone souk, ferry port, and cablecar (le téléphérique), which takes passengers up the mountain to the shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa. Above Jounieh, and on the way to Harissa, a small hill named Bkerké (Arabic بكركي, or Bkerki), overlooking the Jounieh bay, is the seat of the Patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church. Residents of Jounieh and the surrounding towns are overwhelmingly Christian Maronites. Consequently, Jounieh is considered to be the largest Christian Maronite city in the world. The Bay of Jounieh is considered to be the most beautiful bay in Lebanon.

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