THE CEDARS

The Cedars are located 125 km from Beirut. Now the national symbol of Lebanon, the cedar was often mentioned in the Bible and other ancient texts. Cedars in the Middle East were first found in the third millennium B.C. in coastal towns such as Byblos. King Solomon imported cedars from Lebanon to build his Temple in Jerusalem. The most famous cedars are undoubtedly those of Bsharreh, many of which are hundreds of years old. Four of these trees, estimated at between 1,500 and 2,000 years old, have reached a height of 35 meters and their trunks are between 12 and 14 meters around. In addition to the cedar forest, there are a number of sites of interest in the area including: the Gebran Khalil Gebran museum, the valley of Qannoubine, three large churches and a breathtaking waterfall.