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Baalbek is the administrative centre of the Bekaa Valley. The valley is about 120 km long, with an average width of 16km. This is the most fertile and productive strip of land in Lebanon. The Romans called it the "Breadbasket of the Empire", which helps to explain the ancient city's importance.

40% of Lebanon's arable farmland is here. Wine has been produced here for 6,000 years and there are currently more than a dozen wineries, producing over six million bottles of wine per year, including the famous Chateau Ksara. Other crops include wheat, corn, cotton and cannabis.

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  • Updated Mar 31, 2007
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