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ABDELLI TERRACES


Abdelli Terraces is a place built to re-imagine Lebanese living spaces, eating experiences, social gatherings and wine making. It is a living project, in the sense that it evolves according to the people visiting it and getting together there.

 

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ABDELLI TERRACES


Abdelli Terraces is a place built to re-imagine Lebanese living spaces, eating experiences, social gatherings and wine making. It is a living project, in the sense that it evolves according to the people visiting it and getting together there.

 

Abdelli is a typical Lebanese village perched at about 600 meters above sea level, in the region of Batroun, less than 15 minutes away from the beach. The beauty of the landscape and the history that oozes from the old rocks and houses give the area a perfect harmony that makes it an ideal place for relaxation and culture.

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A DREAMER'S HILL


Abdelli Terraces is located on a hill next to the actual village of Abdelli.The inhabitants call it “Dahr el jamal” because it looks like the back of a camel. From there, the view is breathtaking; green valleys plunging towards the sea, pine forests and mountain tops covered in snow. Vineyards planted on terraces are the witnesses of a tradition that has started thousands of years ago, long before the Phoenicians, those fearless explorers of the ancient world, spread it throughout the Mediterranean. Beautiful walks in the region include old paths leading to the convents of Saint Rafka and Kfifane.

A DREAMER'S HILL


Abdelli Terraces is located on a hill next to the actual village of Abdelli.The inhabitants call it “Dahr el jamal” because it looks like the back of a camel. From there, the view is breathtaking; green valleys plunging towards the sea, pine forests and mountain tops covered in snow. Vineyards planted on terraces are the witnesses of a tradition that has started thousands of years ago, long before the Phoenicians, those fearless explorers of the ancient world, spread it throughout the Mediterranean. Beautiful walks in the region include old paths leading to the convents of Saint Rafka and Kfifane.

The project stretches over several hectares. At its heart are the old abandoned Lebanese houses -transformed into a guesthouse - that set the tone of the village. The architecture of the project is inspired by these simple yet beautiful houses that embody Lebanese traditions and the inherent respect that our ancestors had for mother nature. 

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HISTORY


The village of Abdelli is more than 1200 years old. “Abdelli” is an ancient word that signifies “Worshiper of God” in the ancient Syriac language. Throughout the centuries, the inhabitants of Abdelli shaped their natural surroundings through agriculture whilst striving to preserve it. The stone terraces stand as a testimony to generations of hard working villagers. The village’s infrastructure consisted of a central road with houses scattered along its borders. The houses were cubic, built of stone and topped by flat roofs. In the steep mountainous reliefs, terraces were necessary to meet the needs of the farmer. Indeed, steep slopes provoke an acceleration of the flow of rainwater, and increase its erosive impact on the soil while taking away sediments. The constructions of fields in terraces were hence necessary to maintain the soil on the slopes. In Abdelli, grapes, olives, cereals, greens and fruit-trees were grown. As the region is relatively poor in water, villagers carved out huge reservoirs in the rocks in order to collect rainwater. These reservoirs are still there today.

By the end of the nineteenth century, Abdelli had grown in importance to become a small town. These golden years of the village, however, did not last beyond the beginning of the twentieth century. In April 1915, the cropland was ravaged by a swarm of locusts. This plunged the population of Mount Lebanon in starvation until 1918. The insufficiency of harvests, corruption and an embargo on the whole country, provoked famine and large-scale emigration. With time, the abandoned cultivated land was reclaimed by wild vegetation until we found it at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The charm of the old stone houses, the stunning view and the perfect climate stroke us as being ideal for a gathering place.

Abdelli Terraces was born!

HISTORY


The village of Abdelli is more than 1200 years old. “Abdelli” is an ancient word that signifies “Worshiper of God” in the ancient Syriac language. Throughout the centuries, the inhabitants of Abdelli shaped their natural surroundings through agriculture whilst striving to preserve it. The stone terraces stand as a testimony to generations of hard working villagers. The village’s infrastructure consisted of a central road with houses scattered along its borders. The houses were cubic, built of stone and topped by flat roofs. In the steep mountainous reliefs, terraces were necessary to meet the needs of the farmer. Indeed, steep slopes provoke an acceleration of the flow of rainwater, and increase its erosive impact on the soil while taking away sediments. The constructions of fields in terraces were hence necessary to maintain the soil on the slopes. In Abdelli, grapes, olives, cereals, greens and fruit-trees were grown. As the region is relatively poor in water, villagers carved out huge reservoirs in the rocks in order to collect rainwater. These reservoirs are still there today.

By the end of the nineteenth century, Abdelli had grown in importance to become a small town. These golden years of the village, however, did not last beyond the beginning of the twentieth century. In April 1915, the cropland was ravaged by a swarm of locusts. This plunged the population of Mount Lebanon in starvation until 1918. The insufficiency of harvests, corruption and an embargo on the whole country, provoked famine and large-scale emigration. With time, the abandoned cultivated land was reclaimed by wild vegetation until we found it at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The charm of the old stone houses, the stunning view and the perfect climate stroke us as being ideal for a gathering place.

Abdelli Terraces was born!

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ABDELLI TERRACES

Abdelli, Dahr el Jamal
Batroun, Lebanon
info@abdelliterraces.NET
+961 76 333 569