Dive into Le­banese his­tory

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The vil­lage has a num­ber of no­table vis­i­tors and fig­ures among its pop­u­la­tion. The French writer, poet and politi­cian La­mar­tine wrote about the Has­roun’s red-tiled roofs, liken­ing them to a bou­quet of roses and French mil­i­tary gen­eral and statesman Général de Gaulle stayed at Ho­tel Awad, to­day a pri­vate res­i­dence. The Ma­ronite bishop and li­brar­ian Giuseppe Si­mone Asse­bani hails from Has­roun and the vil­lage gave the Ma­ronite Church two pa­tri­archs: Ja­cob and Si­mon Awad. The fa­mous Cin­ema Du­nia in Beirut had its homony­mous sis­ter in the vil­lage and though the movie the­ater is no longer op­er­a­tional, its lo­ca­tion en­dures as a tes­ta­ment to a for­mer era. The first phar­macy in the Bshar­reh dis­trict was es­tab­lished in Has­roun, owned by the late Joseph Bous­tany, known as the “doc­tor of the re­gion.” Though the es­tab­lish­ment shut down af­ter his death, its mem­ory re­mains a source of pride for lo­cals.

Al Say­deh church. Photo: Roula Kous­saifi

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