Bcharre Travel Guide

  • The famous Cedars in Bcharre - Lebanon
    The famous Cedars in Bcharre - Lebanon
    by chizz
  • 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

Bcharre Things to Do

  • See the famous Cedars in Bcharre

    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...

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  • House of Khalil Gibran

    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...

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  • St. Saba Church

    St. Saba Church, which dominates the Bcharre skyline, looks like something out of Disneyworld.

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  • See the cedar trees

    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...

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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

    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...

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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...

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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...

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  • Kadisha River or Nahr Abu Ali

    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

    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 pmEntrance fee: LL 1000

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  • View in the 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...

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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...

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  • Walking in the 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...

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  • Kadisha Valley, falls

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Kadisha Valley, steep cliffs

    Via the winding narrow road we descended in the gorge. Before we reached the bottom we got a last glimpse of the buildings of Bcharre at the edge at top of the steep cliffs (have a look by enlarging the picture).The gorge is so steep and deep that it's impossible to see Bcharre from the bottom or in reverse. Just below Bcharre we spotted also a...

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  • Going down in the Kadisha Valley

    It is not possible to go down in the Kadisha Gorge directly from Bcharre at the northern side. Only at the southern side opposite Bcharre is a steep winding road, leading down into the gorge.It's a breathtaking experience to explore this rugged and remote mountain area with a spectacular natural scenery. The Kadisha Valley or Holy Valley was the...

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  • Gibran Museum with nice view at Bcharre

    The Gibran Museum in the former Mar Sarkis Monastery is wonderful situated at the upper end of the Kadisha Valley, not far from Bcharre, with splendid views at the Kadisha Valley and the town Bcharre.The museum contains hundreds of paintings and drawings of Kahlil Gibran and some of his personal objects.The Museum is open every day except...

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  • Kahlil Gibran, citizen of Bcharre.

    The most famous citizen of Bcharre is Kahlil Gibran. He was born in Bcharre in 1883. Between the remains of the house in the centre of Bcharre, where he has lived, his statue is erectedKahlil Gibran was a philosophical essayist, novelist, mystic poet and painter. In the west he's most known as author of The Prophet.During his life he lived also in...

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  • Bcharre at the edge of the Kadisha...

    Bcharre is the maintown of the Kadisha Valley and is located near the edge of the gorge at 1.400 M.In the Phoenician times the town was known as Beit Chari and in the time of the Crusaders as Buissera.In town are three large churches, built and rebuilt by the leading families in town in imposing styles. The largest church, the St. Saba Church looks...

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Bcharre Transportation

  • To Bcharre and the cedars

    To go to Bcharré, minibuses are leaving Trablous from Abdel Hamid Karani Square (near the tourist office). The price is 2500 LL (June 2002).In Bcharré I tried to find a service taxi to The Cedars. Couldn’t find one so I paid 8000 LL for a taxi. If you want to walk back take the road past the Qadisha Grotto. Bring sun protection and a lot of water,...

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  • Minibus from Tripoli

    You can take the minibus leaving the roundabout in Tripoli city center. It costs LL2,000 and takes 1.5 hours. The ride is very pleasant and the bus can climb up the mountain to get into Kadisha Valley. You should take the seat on the left side while going up. The first bus leaves at 7:30am and this allows you to explore fully in Bcharre if you just...

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Bcharre Warnings and Dangers

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    the clouds are coming

    by sachara Updated Oct 17, 2003

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    The Kadisha Valley is a nice hiking and walking area. So we made a lot of walks in and around the valley.
    Be sure you know your way very well or don't need far away orientation points. Another option can be taking a local guide with you.
    The clouds can appear suddenly. We saw, that the valley could disappear in the clouds within 15 minutes.

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Bcharre Off The Beaten Path

  • Kadisha Valley

    The drive from Tripoli up to Bcharre, throught the Kadisha Valley, takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Lebanon. In places it reminded me of Montenegro. This is a Maronite Christian area, so it is dotted with mountainside churches.

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  • Diman

    in Diman at the south side of the Kadisha Valley we saw along the road a large building with a church. It is the new Maronite Patriarchy, after taking over from Deir Qannoubin, and also the summer residence of the patriarch. In the building we saw paintings of the Kadisha Valley and some religious scenes as well, made in the 1930s or 1940s by a...

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  • Deir Mar Semaan

    At the south edge of the Kadisha Valley we visited Deir Mar Semaan.We walked down along a steep narrow path for 15 minutes. On the steep cliffs we found a bare room carved in the rocks as hermitage. We saw some remains of water cisterns and traces of some frescoes. What an isolated place in the middle of the rough nature, with a breathtaking view...

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