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Cedars of God

The ‘Cedars of God’ forest also known as ‘Arez ar-Rabb’ is considered one of the last remaining ashes and traces of the Cedar forests in Lebanon. In prehistoric times, the cedar forests in Lebanon highly contributed to the wealth and prosperity of the entire nation. Across all the civilization eras that passed through Lebanon and left a mark, the Timber from the cedar forests were employed, highly valued and used for different reasons. This includes shipbuilding and mummification process by the Egyptians, railway construction by the Ottoman Empire, and even the Phoenicians used the cedar wood for their merchant fleets.

Involvement in the ‘Cedars of God’ forest began in 1876, when Queen Victoria financed a high stone wall to be built around the 102-hectare woodland. Located at an altitude exceeding 2000 meters above sea level, Cedars of God forest can be found close to ‘Kadisha Valley’ with trees reaching heights of 35 meters and more.

Added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in 1998, the timberland is attentively guarded and only an authorized guard will be able to guide you and tour you around. This forest passed through a renovation phase where the sediments from dead organic materials were removed, sick plants treated, soil fertilized and a reforestation initiative program in 1985. A lovely landmark to be visited by everybody who is interested and the snow falling on the trees to form a white blanket during the winter makes a beautiful sight.

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El-Arz (Cedars), Becharreh, North Lebanon, Lebanon
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