Up north, this town may just be one of the oldest towns in the interior of Lebanon. It is Amioun, the capital of the Koura district, located on a chain of beautiful hills, at 18 km from Tripoli and about 42 km from the Cedars of God.
In the old city, 28 manmade caves were found on this rocky cliff. These little caves were studied by several archaeologists that say Amioun’s history can be traced back to the Paleolithic period.
#4 Amioun is the largest Eastern Orthodox town in Lebanon
Predominantly populated by Greek Orthodox, Amioun is the largest Eastern Orthodox town in Lebanon.
It has 13 beautiful churches, namely Saint George Cathedral and Saint John “al-sheer” Church.
#5 Almost a third of Amioun’s population works in the medical field
In the 20th century, this old historical town is deemed one of the highest educated in Lebanon. It has three public and two private schools, a public library, and the University of Balamand Koura Campus is close by, 12 km north of the town. Amioun has also a private hospital.
The librarian and scholar Dr. George N. Attieh contributed to many great works, including the article “Jerusalem in Medieval Christian Thought” as well as other books on Arab philosophy and Christian-Muslim relations.
Attieh studied at the American University of Beirut and at the University of Chicago. He became a professor and administrator at the University of Puerto Rico and later joined the Library of Congress.
Alex Azar was born in the US. He’s the grandchild of Lebanese emigrants from Amioun. He holds a law degree from Yale University and worked in the law field for ten years. He became the President of Lilly USA, a global pharmaceutical company based in Indianapolis where he found his passion for health care.