Among the interested facts
while visiting the town is to know the history behind
the names that were given to the village and different
places found there, for this purpose we chose to mention
about different places that were and still existent till
date. All data provided here is collected from available
Sannine & Qanat Bakich
San and Nine
were the gods of ancient people who lived in Baskinta
before Christ, from those two gods comes the name of
Mount Sannine which is about 2680 m of altitude. This well known area was
rich with Cedar trees that covered it during the
Phoenician era; Nowadays this mountain is well visited
for its mild climate, wonderful summer and its marvelous
view that allows you to see Cyprus island from the top.
As for Qanat Bakich, its name sows that it is a very old
one related to Backhaus the Romanian god of
wine, it is situated down to right of Sannine and well
known for its numerous water fountains.
Wadi el Jamajem
It got its name
from a war that happened in
this war occurred between Christian people against
Arabian troupes that invaded Lebanese mountains at that
time. And it is said that during this period around
17000 men died in the valley so from there it got its
name the Wady El Jamajem or the skeleton valley.
As it is one of the deepest valleys in Lebanon. Many old
icons were found in and they belong to year 1025.
Baskinta is a syriak word that mean
the house of wisdom. It was built by the maronites who
lived in since 679 a.c. and was their
strategic monarchy from where they defeated any one that
wanted to attack them. Being surround by natural walls (Sannine
from the East, Backich and Marj from the north, Zaarour
from the South and it is opened to a valley to the
west), made of it a geographical fortress, until a
massacre occurred in 1292 where all of the town original
citizens were murdered by the Arabian troupes, and it
was until the Ottoman empire that many Christian
citizens started to come back to town.