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Qantara, Lebanon

Map showing the location of Qabrikha within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Qabrikha within Lebanon
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 33°16′25″N 35°27′49″E / 33.27361°N 35.46361°E / 33.27361; 35.46361
Grid position193/297 PAL
Country Lebanon
GovernorateNabatieh Governorate
DistrictMarjeyoun District
470 m (1,540 ft)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Dialing code+961

Qantara (قنطرة ) is a village in the Marjeyoun District in southern Lebanon.


According to E. H. Palmer, the name El Kantarah means "the arch",[1] qantara (Arabic: قنطرة) also being used in Arabic to denote a bridge built of stone or masonry, an aqueduct or a dam, and a high building.[2]


In 1875 Victor Guérin found that the village had 150 Metawileh inhabitants.[3] He further remarked: "The mosque is built of hewn stones of apparent antiquity. Its door is surmounted by a lintel belonging to an ancient Christian church, in the midst of which can be made out a cross with equal branches enclosed in a circle."[4]

In 1881, the PEF's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described it: "A village, built of stone, containing about 250 [..] Metawileh, situated on an isolated and conspicuous hill, and surrounded by gardens, olives, and figs. There are two perennial springs a little to the south of the village."[5]

On 24 August 1994 two members of Hizbollah were killed in Qantara in clashes with the South Lebanon Army.[6]


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 23
  2. ^ van Donzel, Emeri Johannes (1994). Islamic Desk Reference. BRILL. p. 24. ISBN 9789004097384. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  3. ^ Guérin, 1880, p. 272
  4. ^ Guérin, 1880, p. 272; as given in Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 116
  5. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 87
  6. ^ Middle East International No 484, 23 September 1994, Publishers Lord Mayhew, Dennis Walters MP; August chronology p.14


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