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Maronite Catholic Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East

Current primacy
Patriarch Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeïr

originally from Antioch
moved to Bkerké (Mount-Lebanon)

Liturgical Languages
Syriac · Arabic

The Maronites Saints
St. Maroun
Saint Charbel · Saint Rafqa
St. Nimatulah Hardini

History · Political movements
History of Phoenicians
Byzantine Empire · Crusades
Lebanese Maronite Order
History of Lebanon · Lebanese diaspora
Lebanese politics

Bkerké (Arabic: بكركي also Bkerke or Bkirki) is the See of the Maronite Catholic Patriarchate, located 650 m above the bay of Jounieh in Lebanon.

The See of the Maronite Catholic Patriarchate was originally in Antioch, but due to persecution, it moved first to Saint Maron's Monastery on the Orontes River and then to varied locations in Mount Lebanon, such as Kfarhay, Yanouh, Mayfouq, Lehfed, Habeel, Kfifan, Al Kafr, and Hardeen in the Byblos region. It then moved to Qannoubine in the Kadisha Valley because of intensified persecution and remained from 1440 to 1823 when it moved to Dimane and lastly to Bkerké.[1] Today, Maronite Patriarchs use Dimane as a summer residence and Bkerké as a winter one.


  1. The Maronite Patriarchate

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Coordinates: 33°58′05″N 35°38′01″E / 33.9680556°N 35.6336111°E / 33.9680556; 35.6336111

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