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Old May 28th, 2010, 10:00 PM   #1
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Antelias

Antelias is a town in Lebanon. It is located around 5 km to the north of Beirut. Its inhabitants are mainly Christians and include Armenians (mostly Apostolic Christians), Maronites, Greek Catholics and Greek Orthodox .

Antelias is the seat of the Catholicos of Cilicia of the Armenian Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia.

It also includes other important religious buildings such as the St-Elie Maronite convent with its two churches and the St. Mikhael Greek Orthodox church.

The name is originally Greek, meaning "facing the sun".

Antelias is composed of a coastal fertile plain and a hilly region more to the east. There is also a narrower plain on the sides of the Antelias river, which originates from a nearby source (Fawar) and runs east west to discharge in the Mediterranean Sea.

Until the early nineties of the last century, the coastal plain of Antelias mostly consisted of open areas planted with orange and banana trees. Very few houses could be seen in the coastal plain. The strips along the Antelias river also used to be planted with orange trees.

Due to the vast urbanization since the second half of the last century, most green areas have been removed and replaced by residential and commercial buildings, thus creating a serious environmental impact on the area. Very few if any such green areas still exist.

Antelias is considered the gate to the upper Matn regions. The Matn is one of the most prosperous regions of Lebanon, including a number of factories, commercial malls and important schools.

Antelias is situated between Beirut and the city of Jounieh and its coastal highway witnesses a daily rush of traffic. As previously stated, Antelias is the gateway to Bikfaya, Dhour el Chweir, Baskinta and Aintoura, all renowned summer resorts and the Antelias-Bikfaya road is well known to play that linkage role.

Antelias contains the St-Elie Center in addition the Spinney's Supermarket and ABC Mall.In addition to one of the largest Armenian orthodox cathedrals in the middle east and the beautiful architecture of the well known St. Elie church, Antelias is also famous for its pharmacies and among the oldest are pharmacie Batrouni and pharmacie Antelias. Moreover it is home for Eid Travel a leading travel agency in the region. It is also known for its banks: The street linking Antelias to the main coastal highway, is alone home to 5 banks.

Antelias is the home to a large Marina and beach front that attracts people from neighbouring and even distant localities. Garden Tower was the first hotel built in Antelias area, in the immediate vicinity of the Catholicosate of Cilicia.
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Antelias Strip – The Wheel is in Spin

Neon lights paint patterns across concrete and asphalt, curve off of polished car hoods and create multifaceted shadows under the feet of those who swarm to this northern Beirut suburb for food, fun and a break from routine. This is the Antelias strip, a new addition to the tableau of Lebanon’s hotspots, and day by day, its popularity is growing.

The flare up of Antelias has taken Beirut’s social scene by surprise. Though such venues as Burgendy and The Spot established the area as a hip and trendy place some years ago, the massive influx of new businesses and clientele has set the neighborhood on track to rank up with Gemayze and Hamra as among the city’s most happening spots.

Antelias, which literally means “Facing the Sun,” according to its Greek roots, is a comfortable residential town/neighborhood about five kilometers North of Beirut. The Antelias highway started becoming a popular destination for diners in the last decade as new businesses began to open along due to the highway’s high levels of traffic. Now it is a much sought-out destination for diners looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Beirut’s more central party neighborhoods. Lately, business has boomed.

The strip offers a selection of all the best aspects of Lebanese after-hours pastimes: restaurants like Ahwet El Ezez, offering delicious mezze in a quintisentially Lebanese environment, complete with the wafting aromas of arguileh and accompanied by plentiful cups of Arabic coffee or tea; hip joints like The Spot, offering outdoor seating in a garden atmosphere, with food ranging across international datelines, from pizza to burgers to beef filet in generous portions for a reasonable price; or comfortable, cool bars like the Antelias Spoon bar for kicking back with a cocktail.

There are also more upscale venues and top-notch restaurants. The Al-Sultan Brahim specializes in fresh seafood, offering the day’s catch as prepared by their chef in a fusion , of Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine, including a large selection of salads, cold and hot mezze, and a wide selection of desserts presented by their award winning wait-staff
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Looool Martyr looks like you've done your homework on where I live hehe,hope u did good bil te2dim
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thnx, yeah i'm doing well up till now.... tomorrow is the math test so nchala 5eir !!!
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