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Antelias is a town in Lebanon. It is located around 5 km to the north of Beirut.EtymologyThe name is originally Greek, ἀντήλιος – from ἀντί "contra" and ἥλιος "sun" – meaning "facing the sun".MunicipalityThe municipality of Antelias - Naqqach is located in the Kaza of Matn in Mount Lebanon, one of the eight mohafazats (governorates) of Lebanon. Antelias - Naqqach is 8 kilometers (4.9712 mi) from Beyrouth (Beirut), the capital of Lebanon. Its elevation is 10 meters (32.81 ft; 10.936 yd) above sea level. Antelias - Naqqach surface stretches for 193 hectares (1.93 km² - 0.74498 mi²).Archaeological interestAntelias is home to the site of Ksar Akil where the region's oldest remains of a human being have been found: a 30,000-year-old man near the caves of Ksar Akil. The skull of the body found was sent the Beirut National Museum and the remains were shipped to the United States for conservation and study. Those caves are also well coveted by known speleologists who have explored their passage ways. Antelias cave was also located 2.5km east of the town until it was completely destroyed by dynamite in 1964. Discoveries from Antelias are housed at the Museum of Lebanese Prehistory.Antelias is also the site of the St-Elie Church, built in 1895. St-Elie Church holds celebrations on the week of 19 July. A variety of activities are offered to the public such as plays, concerts, a fair and food, sweet stands and fireworks.
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