Arbet Kozhaya is one of the fifty-six towns and villages, which make up Zgharta Zawie, North of Lebanon.
The village name is spelt as either Arbet Kozhaya or Arbet Qozhaya, depending on way the Arabic name is translated. For this article we will keep to former spelling.
The name of the village is called after the Monastery of Kozhaya, also known as the Monastery of St Anthony the Great (Mar Antonios al-Kabir). The monastery is some 950 metres above sea level in the Valley of Kozhaya. The word “Arbet” (Aarbet) means inclined, since the village is on an inclined plane overlooking Kozhaya.
The name “Kozhaya” is Syriac in origin and which means “the treasure of life”, with “treasure” representing Christ, who the monks of the Monastery abandon worldly goods for and follow a life dedicated to prayer and spirituality; and “ life “referring to the abundance of water endowing nature with life in the valley.
The Kozhaya Valley and the nearby Qannoubine Valley are part of the Qadisha Valley, known also as the Holy Valley
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