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The Cedars of God: "The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar in Lebanon"

The mountains of Lebanon were once shaded by thick cedar forests and the tree is the symbol of the country. The Cedars of God (Arabic: أرز الربّ Arz al-Rabb "Cedars of the Lord"), located in the Kadisha Valley of BsharreLebanon, are one of the last vestiges of the extensive forests of the Lebanon cedar that thrived across Mount Lebanon in antiquity. The Cedar Forest is seen as a sacred forest. The 375 Cedrus lebani that survive here are the last remaining of a great forest that gave Lebanon its fame in Antiquity. Some of the trees are claimed to be over 3000 years old. 

The Cedar is a symbol of holiness, eternity and peace. As an emblem of longevity, the cedar of Lebanon has its origin in many biblical references. It is mentioned seventy-seven times in the Bible.

As you walk through the lonely ancient woods and hear the voices of cedars of Lebanon, whispering a truth known to all, but remembered by few. Yes, the wind may change but the cedar wood remains, strong, constant, and alone. 3000 years on, what is left of them, remain elegant in their posture and proud of their resilience.

Qadisha Valley: The valley has been a place of meditation and refuge since the earliest years of Religion. Traditional land-use is practiced in the form of dramatic terraces that grow grain, grapes and olives. The four main monastic complexes are: Qannubin Monastery, Monastery of St Anthony of Quzhayya, Monastery of Our Lady of Hauqqa, and Monastery of Mar Lichaa.

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© By Dani & May, 2023

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