Only little is known about the old history of the village.
It is remembered as the place for the “Marada” (fighters) where from they
attack ragingly the Arabs. Because of the known battle between the villagers of
the region and the Arabs that happened near “Jamajem” valley in 1290 A.C. where
more than 17000 people were killed from both sides (History of El Murr family),
the village was given the name “The House Of The Saddest People”.
The word Bteghrine has various meanings:
- Place of warriors
- Place of rocks
- Store of fleches and House of Saddest (Syr.)
Families from Arabic or Greek origins live in the village,
with historical roots and migrant families from neighboring regions.
Families are divided among the quarters of the
village, acquiring names of churches or from the natural conditions, for
instance, the quarter of St. Georgeous, the quarter St. Michael, the Wata
quarter, the Chihhar quarter, Ali quarter etc…
The elderly people remember a very beautiful
square in Bteghrine, gathering the young people in the nights of joy and
happy occasions, where they compete in holding up the heaviest bowls made of
stone and… also they dance with the sword, a dance which is still practiced
in today’s villages among the aged habitants.
This square has been transformed into a very
big and important market, due to its geographical situation, where citizens
can go shopping in its large supermarket and in its various shops, including
clothing, gifts, vegetables stores, restaurants and others.
- The principal potable water supply is from the Aassal and
- The village source located near the square at the divert
leading to Baskinta; Good to drink, and the habitants take part in using it for agricultural purposes.
- Ain El Mir, north of the village, is
situated in the heart of the valley “Al Jamajem”. Its mineral water is
good for gastric disorders, as ancients say.
- Sparta source, eastside of the
village, having an archeological structure of stone, with a nearby stair
connecting to the “Daughter of King” castle which is situated in Mashmisha –