Zahle is the capital and largest city of Beqaa Governorate, Lebanon. With around 50,000inhabitants, it is the fourth largest city in Lebanon, after Beirut, Tripoli and Jounieh. It is situated 55 km (34meters) east of the capital Beirut, close to the Beirut-Damascus road, and lies at the junction of the Lebanon mountains and the Beqaa plateau, at a mean elevation of 1000meters. Zahle is known as the "Bride of the Beqaa" and "the Neighbor of the Gorge" due to its geographical location and attractiveness, but also as "the City of Wine and Poetry" It is famous throughout Lebanon and the region for its pleasant climate, numerous riverside restaurants and quality arak. Its population is predominantly Catholic. The name Zahle is derived from the Arabic verb zahhala, which means to slide, to displace. The occasional landslides which take place on the deforested hills around the town are probably at the origin of this name.