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  • The famous cedars at Bcharre - Lebanon
    The famous cedars at Bcharre - Lebanon
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  • The famous cedars at Bcharre - Lebanon
    The famous cedars at Bcharre - Lebanon
    by chizz
  • The famous cedars at Bcharre - Lebanon
    The famous cedars at Bcharre - Lebanon
    by chizz

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    See the famous Cedars in Bcharre

    by chizz Updated Jan 27, 2010
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    From Bcharre you can drive up to a plateau surrounded by the Cedar Mountains (Al Arz in Arabic). Passing a ski school along the way, you will eventually arrive at a small forest of Cedar trees, where for a small donation (we gave LL3,000 and were given postcards in return, featuring a picture of the Cedars), you can take a walk around the area.
    There are around 300 cedars here and they are considered to be the oldest and largest cedar trees in Lebanon, rising up to 35m high and some considered to be up to 2000 years old.
    By the mid 19th century it was feared that the Lebanese cedars were dying out to such an extent that they would disappear, so they were placed under protection in Bcharre by Maronite Patriarchs and no more trees were allowed to be felled.
    Today they are protected by the Friends of the Cedars' Committee at Bcharre and a path has been marked out for walkers to use. Donations are used for the planting of new trees in surrounding areas and there are various gift shops selling articles made from cedar wood just outside the forest area. There is also a tiny chapel inside the forest that you can take a look inside.

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    House of Khalil Gibran

    by iwys Updated Apr 2, 2007

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    Khalil Gibran was one of Lebanon's greatest writers and artists. He studied with Rodin. His best-known work is "The Prophet", which in the 1960s became a cult book in the West. A line of his poetry was incorporated by John Lennon in his song "Julia".

    Gibran was born in Bcharre in 1893, and you can visit the house where he was born. His bust stands in the garden. He died in New York in 1931, but his body was returned for burial in his homeland.

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    See the cedar trees

    by MalenaN Written Sep 2, 2005

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    Cedar tree

    The cedars of Lebanon are mentioned already in the Old Testament. By that time cedar forests covered big areas of the mountain slopes.
    At The Cedars today, only a small grove of cedars is left. They are now well protected with a fence around the area and walking paths for the tourists. Some of the trees are over 1000 year.
    There is no special entrance fee, but you will be asked to contribute to the maintenance of "The Forest of Gods Cedar", starting at 1000 LL.

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    Kadisha Valley near Deir Qozhaya

    by sachara Updated Oct 15, 2003

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    Kadisha Valley near Deir Qozhaya

    Coming from the coast Deir Qozhaya was the first Maronite monastery we visited at our way to Bcharre. The monastery lies in a wonderful area. From the road to the monastery we had a first look in the Kadisha Valley.
    We enjoyed the landscape and became very anxious to see more, not knowing yet how breathtaking the valley near Bcharre would be.

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    Deir Qozhaya

    by sachara Updated Oct 15, 2003

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    Deir Qozhaya

    Deir Qozhaya or Der Mar Antonias Qozhaya is the largest hermitage in the Kadisha Valley. The hermitage is still in use since its foundation in the 12th century. Just in 1995 the new museum was opened. In the museum you can see old books in Syriac and a collection of religious and ethnografic objects. Near the entrance of the monastery is the Grotto of St Anthony, locally also called the Cave of the Mad. In the cave you can see chains for the insane and possessed, who were left here.

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    Hadchit, graveyard

    by sachara Updated Oct 15, 2003

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    Hadchit, graveyard

    Hadchit lies at the edge of the Kadisha Valley at 1320 M.
    From Hadchit a path goes down leading to the monasteries and hermit caves in the valley. The area between Hadchit and Balouza counts 800 rockchapels and
    rockdwellings, like the cave of Deir es Salib, the rockchapel of Mar Antoun Beddaoui, the caves of Mar Selouan, Mar Chalitta and Mar Jourios. To find these places you need somebody to guide you down.
    We didn't do that, but had a look down at the graveyard at the steep slope. In this graveyard we saw a lot of small "houses" for 2 till 4 persons with the most beautifull views at the holy valley for the dead.

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    Hadchit, church

    by sachara Updated Oct 15, 2003

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    Hadchit, church

    In the village Hadchit at the edge of the Kadisha Valley, we visited one of the three churches in the village. Outside this church at a corner we saw a Roman headless statue. After it was nominated to be a pagan statue, the statue was banned out of the church. In the church we had a look at themany painted pannels.
    At the north side of the road we walked to some remains dating from before the Roman Period, but there was nobody who could explain us something about these remains.

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    Kadisha River or Nahr Abu Ali

    by sachara Updated Oct 15, 2003

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    Kadisha River

    In the Kadisha Cave just east of Bcharre the Kadisha River or also called the Nahr Abu Ali take its rise. In the small cave you can see how the water with a lot of power is coming down from the steep rocks in the cave.
    Outside the cave the Kadisha River is still a small stream, but allready impressive by its power.

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    Kadisha Caves

    by sachara Updated Oct 15, 2003

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    Kadisha caves

    Not far from Bcharre along the old road to the Cedars is the Kadisha Cave.
    From the road it's a 15 minutes walk to the cave. In this cave the Kadisha River take its rise. The cave is not very large, but it's nice to have a look.

    Opening hours: 9.00 am till 4.00 pm
    Entrance fee: LL 1000

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    View in the Kadisha Valley

    by sachara Updated Oct 15, 2003

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    Kadisha Valley

    From the upper end of the Kadisha Valley, starting not far from the Deirmar Elisha, an unpaved road is heading west.
    It's possible to drive the first part of this road road with a car, for sure with a four-wheel-drive. We prefered to walk. So we could better experience the beauty of the valley.
    We didn't see any other people around. We saw a lot of olive trees, colourful min-flowered cyclamen and many more nice trees, plants and flowers.

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    Kadisha Valley, Deir Qannoubin

    by sachara Updated Oct 15, 2003

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    Kadisha Valley, Deir Qannoubin

    The last destination of our walk in the Kadisha Valley was the Deir Qannoubin and the chapel-cave of St. Marina. These places can only be reached by feet. We came by a long walk through the valley, but there is also a path directly coming down from Blawza.
    Qannoubin is derived of the Greek kenobion, meaning monastery. The Deir Qannoubin was the Maronite patriarchal seat from the 15th to the 19th century. Also this church is half built in the rocks. In the church are nice frescoes from the 18th century. Near the entrance of the church was vault with a mummified body, told to be of the patriarch Yousef Tyn. In the nearby chapel-cave of St. Marina are the remains of 17 other patriarchs buried.
    We were the only visitors around and it was very special to be at this historic place at our own.

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    Walking in the Kadisha Valley

    by sachara Updated Oct 15, 2003

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    Kadisha Valley

    Further west in the Kadisha Valley the unpaved track ends. From there some narrow paths are leading along the slopes.
    These paths are going up and down, but when there is no rain, it's an rather easy walk.
    The owner of the Chbat hotel accompanied us to show us the paths leading to the monasteries further west.
    It is not really necessary to have a guide, because there is only one valley, so you can't hardly get lost. Only upcoming fog can give some orientation problems.

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    Kadisha Valley, falls

    by sachara Updated Oct 15, 2003

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    Waterfalls in the Kadisha Valley

    Walking in the Kadisha Valley, we enjoyed the variation in landscape, like the bare rough rocks and the abundant green. And every discovery of another waterfall, coming down from the steep cliffs, gave us a lot of joy. We stayed near this waterfall for a while, because the sun was shining here so lovely.

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    Kadisha Valley, bows

    by sachara Updated Oct 15, 2003

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    Kadisha valley, bows

    Not only the history of the Kadisha Valley and the remains of it make the valley fascinating. By its extreme and rough beauty is the valley a paradise for walking and hiking.
    There is so much diversity in views, like the waterfals, the cliffs, the stream, the green.
    So we saw these wonderful bows, formed in the rocks by erosion.

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    Kadisha Valley, Deir Mar Elisha

    by sachara Updated Oct 15, 2003

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    Deir Mar Elisha

    Right under and partially in the northern cliffs of the Kadisch Gorge lies the Deir Mar Elisha, reachable by a narrow paved road.
    We had a look at the monastery with four small chapels.
    At this monastery the Lebanese Maronite Order is founded in 1695. The founders came from Aleppo to the Patriarch of Qannoubin to tell their plan. The Patriarch welcomed and encouraged them. In 1595 they got the ruined Deir Mar Elisha and after the repair the monks could put their vision into practice. They founded also a school for education of the youth in this region .
    When we visited the monastery in 1995, a monk took more than one hour to tell us the history of the monastery and the valley. He told us, that once 150 hermits have lived in this valley. Now there was still one left. He was rheumatic and there was standing a coffin for him with the year of 2000 on it.

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