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Lebanon is a very small country. From the mountain pass, one can see the sea on the East and the mountain on the border on the West. In the direction North-South, it is a little more than 200 km.In spite of this there are 5 wonderful UNESCO Sites. I have already shown:
https://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Middle_East/Lebanon/photo1607045.htm Byblos
https://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Middle_East/Lebanon/photo1606976.htm Anjar
https://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Middle_East/Lebanon/photo1606899.htm Tyre
https://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Middle_East/Lebanon/photo1606523.htm Baalbek.

When I planned the trip to Lebanon, my main goal was to see the fifth one: The Cedars of God.

Cedrus libani, Lebanese cedar is a species of tree in the pine family, native to the mountains of the Eastern Mediterranean basin. It is a large evergreen conifer that has great religious and historical significance in the cultures of the Middle East, and is referenced many times in the literature of ancient civilisations. It is the national emblem of Lebanon.

The Cedars of God located in the Kadisha Valley of Bsharre, Lebanon, are one of the last vestiges of the extensive forests of the Lebanon cedar that anciently thrived across Mount Lebanon. All early modern travellers' accounts of the wild cedars appear to refer to the ones in Bsharri; the Christian monks of the monasteries in the Kadisha Valley venerated the trees for centuries. The earliest documented references of the Cedars of God are found in Tablets 4-6 of the great Epic of Gilgamesh, six days walk from Uruk. The Psalms of King David eg. "104:16" provide support to claims of the biblical creation story's proximity to the Cedars forest, firstly the planting of Cedars with God's hands and secondly the name of an adjacent village in the Kadisha Valley known as Edhen (Eden).
Cedars of God are found at an altitude of more than 2,000 metres. Four trees have reached a height of 35 metres, with their trunks reaching 1214 metres.
The Lebanon Cedar is mentioned 103 times in the Bible.
"Behold, I will liken you to a cedar in Lebanon, with fair branches and forest shade" (Ezekiel 31:3).

The trees are magnificent and the walk in the forest is a great experience. But it is difficult to show their splendour in photos.

Two more photos in Workshops.

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