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Souk El Gharb is a village in the Mount Lebanon Governorate, Aley District, in the country of Lebanon. it is a prosperous mountain resort in a pine forest and overlooking Saint George Bay and Beirut. Being only a few kilometers from the mountain city of Aley, it is considered today one of Aley’s suburbs.
While visiting this village you will be amazed by the architecture; There are identifiable Roman ruins in the town. There are buildings dating back at least to the 16th Century.

This history is tied to the history of its main church, the Saint George Abbey Church and Monastery, founded in 1575, though some references indicate that it goes back to Crusader times in the 12th and 13th century, based on engravings of royal French insignia. Further, archaeological evidence speaks of even much earlier habitation to sometime B.C.

As well Souk El Gharb was famous for several schools: The Souk El Gharb Presbyterian School, The Souk El Gharb College of Lebanon, The Souk El Gharb Technical Institute and College.