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Khinchara - Jouar

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Khinchara - Jouar (خنشارة - جوار (المتن)) is a Lebanese local authority which is located in Matn District (Qada'a), an administrative division of Mount Lebanon Governorate (Mohafazah).


Distance from Beirut Altitude (meters) Surface (ha)
30 1 070

Municipality address

Sources : Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform (OMSAR)
Phone Number Fax Number E-Mail Web sites
04/ 270 533 - 271 130 04/ 271 130

Données électorales

Sources : Ministry of Interior and Municipalities (Republic of Lebanon)
Données électorales 2010
Registered voters Effectifs du conseil municipal Effectifs moukhtar
3 199 15 3
Données électorales 2016
Registered voters Effectifs du conseil municipal Effectifs moukhtar

Revenue of Independent Municipal Fund

Sources : Official Journal (Lebanese Republic)
Year Revenues (Thousands Lebanese Pound)
2014 292 336
2013 281 621
2012 262 871
2007 167 108
2006 177 691
2005 157 045
2004 141 679
2003 160 653
2002 162 188


Sources : Central Administration of Statistics (Lebanese Presidency of the Council of Ministers) - Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform (OMSAR)
Educational establishments (2006) Public Private Students schooled in the public schools Students schooled in the private schools
1 - 1 - 450

Higher Educational Institute Public Private
- - -

The climate is moderate as it is surrounded with pine trees and white solid rocks.

However, the resident population does not exceed 1,800-2,200 and the number of households is estimated at 490. The registered population is distributed as follows:

• Catholics : 72%
• Maronites : 13.5%
• Orthodox : 11.3%
• Armenian Orthodox : 0.9%
• Armenian Catholic : 0.8%
• Other : 1.3%

One can count approximately 100 families in Khinchara, with the largest, based on the number of voters, being the following: Samaha (Catholic 833 voters), Riachi (629 voters), Kfoury (175 voters), Kourban (106 voters), Kassouf (91 voters), Saliba (48 voters), Barakat (39 voters), Khoury (Orthodox 36 voters), Rizk (31 voters), Akl (25 voters), Kazaazayan (23 voters),Abboud (17 voters), Maalouf (16 voters), Kenaan (16 voters), Salibi (15 voters), Alexandarian (14 voters), Samaha (Orthodox 13 voters), Azzam (12 voters), Hallak (12 voters), Moussa (10 voters), Mounir (9 voters), Lahham (7 voters), Hounoud (7 voters) Khoury (Catholic 6 voters), Mouawad (6 voters) and Ghalli (5 voters).

The local administration in Khinchara is headed by a Municipal Council composed of 15 members and headed by George Hanna Samaha. In addition, the town has 2 mayors: Hanna Salem Kurban and Michel Abbas Riachi.

The only private school is the St. George School which is operated by nuns. There are 450 students registered at St. George.

Service and Trade Institutions

The number is estimated to be in the region of 35, dealing mainly in the production of alcohol (3), mini-markets (5), restaurants (2), barber shops (4), bakeries & butcheries (4), Pasty shops and factories (2), libraries (2), Gas stations (1), chicken farm (1), gas bottling factory (1), canned food products factory (1), smithery and mechanics (2), smithery and aluminum (1), carpentry (2), tile and natural cutting and carving (4).

Agricultural Sector

Approximately 50% of the land is owned by the Deir of Khinchara with the remaining land in private hands. Agricultural land constitutes approximately 15% of the terrain with almost 70% belonging to the Deir and the remaining 30% for land ownership.

Khinchara is mostly known for its pine seeds, which sell approximately 950 kg on a seasonal, basis. There are three main families in Khinchara that maintain the pine fields; each possesses a share of a approximate 300 kg per season. Other agricultural growth includes apricots, cherries peach and mostly importantly, grapes. Grape cultivation is used for private consumption, sale and wine production.

Clubs and Associations

There are seven associations in the village of Khinchara: Khinchara Sports Club, Khinchara Scouts, Church Agent Committee, Public Clinic, Caritas, Choir Club and "Cultural and Artistic Meeting" which is a special event that is held on a regular basis to exchange fine arts.

Characteristics of Khinchara

Khinshara’s El Sabeh monastery is seen as a starting point for an educational movement that was awakened by the first printing press in the Middle East. It dates back to 1734 with the printing of the first Arabic book, The Balance of the Times by Father Nuremberg. The press remained in use until 1899 when electricity was introduced in Lebanon. The press can now be seen on display at the Saint Jean Baptiste monastery.

Other characteristics include the village’s many spring waters and due to its natural beauty, it became the first summer residence of President Bechara Al Khoury in 1950. Residents of Khinshara are also widely known for their construction and fine arts work, such as the construction of the Beiteddine palace.

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