August 12, 2018 Lebanon Middle East

6 Cedar Forests To Visit in Lebanon

Lebanon Untravelled: Of the immense forests of history, only isolated patches of cedars are found in Lebanon today. Growing at high elevations, often in craggy difficult-to-reach locations, these majestic trees still stir the imagination. In the north of the country, stands of cedars grow in the Horsh Ehden Nature Preserve. More inaccessible are the trees near Hadeth al-Jubbeh, whose shape has been changed by trimming, and the cedars near Tannourine. In Jaj near Laqlouq isolated specimens of cedars are still scattered on the rocky peaks above the town. Deep in the Shouf district on top of Mount Barouk, cedars some 350 years old grow in an enclosed grove. These trees, which are in pristine condition, can be easily admired from outside the protective wall. Above the town of Maaser esh-Shouf, there is another cedar forest, which has an extended view of the Beqaa valley. Cedar trees also grow in nearby Ain Zhalta.

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Cedars of God Bcharre 

Located just eight kilometers from Bcharre, The Cedars is one of Lebanon’s most beautiful nature reserves and home to the oldest Cedar Forest. The area used to be an immense forest of cedars, cypresses, pines and oaks. Deforestation started in 3000 BC when the wood was used for vessels, constructions and mummification.

Tannourine Cedars Reserve

The Tannourine Cedars Forest Nature Reserve protects one of the largest and densest cedar forests in Lebanon. Eighty percent of the trees in the forest are cedars. The unique geography and topography of the forest has sheltered the area from excessive tourist activity.

Haddath el Jebbeh Cedars Forest 

It is one of the most beautiful and largest forests in Lebanon. It encompasses about three hundred thousand trees of Cedrus Libani Type; some of these trees are eternal couting than 1000 years. it is considered as one of the raresst and noblest forests due to the types of trees.

Ehden Nature Reserve

Horsh Ehden Natural Reserve is situated on the upper North western slopes of Mount Lebanon, ranging in altitude from 1200m to 2000m. Horsh Ehden forest is a unique assemblage of conifers, deciduous and evergreen broadleaf trees in an isolated phytoclimatic region with a highly varied topography.

Jaj Cedars Forest 

Nestled in the high mountain of Jaj,at an altitude of 1,500 meters (4,800 feet), this cluster of cedars is one of the most ancient natural reserves left of the forest that once covered the whole region and which the kings of Byblos exploited during the 3rd millennium B.C…It is also told in the Bible, in I Kings, 5: 32, that Hiram King of Tyre sent the Gibilites (Jbeïlis, people of Byblos) to cut wood for the construction of the temple of Jehovah in Jerusalem in the time of King Solomon, about 930 B.C.. Read more 

Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve: The largest of Lebanon nature reserves, Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve stretches from Dahr Al-Baidar in the north to Niha Mountain in the south. Blanketed with oak forests on its northeastern slopes and juniper and oak forests on its southeastern slopes the reserves most famous attractions are its three magnificent cedar forests of Maasser Al-Shouf , Barouk and Ain Zhalta – Bmohary. Maasser el Shouf Cedars Reserve. Barouk Cedars Reserve. Ain Zhalta, Bmohray Forest.

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