The Cedars of God is one of the last vestiges of the extensive forests of the Lebanon cedar, that once thrived across Mount Lebanon in ancient times. Their timber was exploited by the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Romans, Israelites and Turks. The wood was prized by Egyptians for shipbuilding. King Solomon used the southern cedar forests to build his famous cedar-paneled royal home as well as the first temple in Jerusalem.
In the Cedars of God, there is a small forest of about 400 cedar trees in the mountains of northern Lebanon. They are among the last survivors of the extensive forests of the Cedars of Lebanon that thrived in this region in ancient times. Located at about 2,300 meters above sea level, they look up to Jabal Makmel that tower over the Qadisha Valley. Majority of trees are more than one hundred years old with few exceptions which have reached one thousand years.
Bring plenty of water, and be careful for traffic and the sometimes narrow roads when traveling, but other than that there should be nothing to be afraid of if you go to visit the cedars!
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