Its name derives from the neo-Assyrian Bit Gismeia. The Crusaders, who built a fortress in the village, called it Besmedin (1220 AD) and hence its current name Bishmizzine or Bechmezzine.
However, the town goes farther back in time to the Paleolithic/Mesolithic Age, according to archeological evidence that also includes findings of human settlements of the Bronze and Iron Ages.
Its history is also marked by the Byzantine era and the Islamic/Middle Age, also based on remnants and religious sites in the village.
Back to the present, Bishmizzine is a splendid village with an abundance of greenery, known for its friendly natives and lively community. The town is well equipped, has superb guesthouses, and hosts outdoor activities.
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