Kfarmata

The word “Kfar” means town in Latin  and the word “Matta” is Matthew’s Monastery. The history of the city goes back to six centuries and ruins in its neighborhood date back to the time of the Phoenicians and the Crusaders. It was also home to the Tanoukhi princes. One of the most famous tourist attractions in the town is the silk factory which was built in 1860. In addition to the historical heritage, it is characterized by its location overlooking Beirut which gives its mountainous nature a temperate climate and breathtaking beautiful natural scenery. The people of Kfarmatta are known for their cooperation and its families are: Abu Abdullah, Aiu Ammar, Abi Haba, Abu Saad, Haddad, Khaddaj, Al Dib, Rameh, Sawwah, Shammas, Arawi, Al Gharib, Ghallab, Al Kadi, Kawkab, Mosleh, Mouawad, Lahham, Nasir al-Din, Nasr, Harmoush, and Wehbe. The most famous figures of the town are poet Amin Beik Nasser al-Din, the liguist Prince Nadim al-Nasser al-Din, and the nuclear physicist Robert Abi Abdullah.

Kfarmatta municipality was established in 1963.

 Kfarmatta is 27 kilometers away from Beirut, capital of Lebanon, rising 700 meters above sea level and extending over an estimated area of ​​11.6 km 2. The number of residents of the town is about 5,000 people, while the number of permanent residents is about 4,800 people. The number of registered voters is about 3,000 voters while the number of expatriates is around 200 people, distributed in several countries, including Canada, America and the Arab countries.

The rural character dominates the shape of most buildings and the number of non-residential buildings is six which are a public school, public hall, dispensary, municipal building, two churches and a modern olive press. It is worth mentioning that there was in the town a building for Al-Safa Newspaper.

The green cover constitutes a large proportion of the territory of the town. The percentage of built space is low and does not exceed 20% of the total area of ​​the town. Economic activity depends on agriculture, especially the cultivation of olives and citrus fruits in addition to local trade, which is based on small businesses and shops in the town. The industrial sector, however, depends on small firms, including food factories (dairy and cheese) as well as light industries (factory for concrete stones). There are also a number of workers in the liberal professions like engineers, doctors, lawyers, educators, school administrators, restaurant workers and contractors.

The touristic attractions are limited to some ancient monuments and Kfarmatta swimming pools.

There is a public school in the town in addition to Kfarmatta Clinic which is affiliated to Cultural Forum Society and was established with the support of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Alwaleed Bin Talal.

 There is a number of NGOs in the town including Kfarmatta Development Charity, Women’s Progressive Union, Forum Cultural Society and Kfarmatta Sports Club Kfaramty while there are no international organizations. There is twinning between the town and the Italian city of Martineau.