|Distance from Beirut:||
|Distance from the sea side:||35 Km|
|Average Time Distance from Beirut:||50 Minutes|
|Mouhafazat :||Mount Lebanon|
View from Jouret El khouryieh (the western entrance of Kartaba)
|Population||about 12000 (~8453 are registered as of January 2004)|
|Summer time||about 1100 houses are occupied. (about 8000 persons)|
|winter time||about 100 houses are occupied. (about 2000 persons)|
|about 2000 persons from the registered don't come to kartaba|
|Access to kartaba||1- Jounieh - Nahr-Ibrahim - Machnaka- kartaba (Main)|
|2- Byblos - Tourzaya- Machnaka - Kartaba|
|3- Byblos - Tourzaya - Machnaka - Jinneh - Kartaba|
|3- Byblos - Tourzaya - Ehmej - Laklouk - Charbineh - Kartaba|
|4- Byblos - Tourzaya - Ehmej - Laklouk - Aakoura - Mghayry - Aabboud - Kartaba|
|5- Jounieh - Faraya - Ehmez - Lassa - Afka - Ghabat - Yanouh - Aabboud - Kartaba|
|6- Jounieh - Faraya - Ehmez - Lassa - Afka - Ghabat - Yanouh - Hdeynneh - Kartaba|
|The Below information are the courtesy of Mr. AFIF BOUTROS MERHEJ from his series of "IAARAF LIBNAN"|
|Name Origin:||Syriaque and it means the good, curing and balanced weather. Some novelist relate this region's name to Andalusia's "Kourtouba". As for ANIS FREIHA, he sees that the name comes from "KARTAB", a plant that grows in the arid mountains, thus we do not support much this theory and we rather tend to believe the first one since many of the surrounding villages carry their names out of the Syriaque or the Aramyian.|
kartaba is considered the main largest village in the highland of Jbeil
after Byblos city itself, as well as an important trading place for all its
surrounding villages; Starting 1918, Silk manufacturing flourished in
kartaba and the number of
factories at this time was 7, where more than 500 man and women worked. An important
number of silk produced was exported LYON city in France by the people of
kartaba themselves through their agents.
After the crisis that destroyed this manufacture, the Kartabians started working the land, especially in potatoes plantation which they got well renowned for having for having such a fine quality, that a good potato got to be called kartabawi potato where ever it came from.
the Kartabians started planting Apple trees especially in the high hills of the village where you can have the best and the most renowned as well.
In 1915, kartaba had also its share of the famine that hit Lebanon, consequently an important number emigrated to the America's and reach to become more than the locals themselves, where many of them did also get important ranks and positions in the foreign lands.
The moving of the families to kartaba was described in the manuscript of the priest YOUSSEF SAADE ALHASARATI as follows:
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