NKT - 06 - Cedars, Becharreh & Kozhaya
(full day with lunch)


Cedars of Lebanon (2000 m. altitude), mentioned several times in the Bible. Some of them are more than 2000 years old. In Becharreh, we visit the Gebran Museum, the international poet of Lebanese origin. This visit is followed by an excellent Lebanese lunch.
In the afternoon we visit the convent of St Anthony of Kozhaya, one of the numerous convents of the Holy Valley but the only one renovated and with easy access

The most venerable representatives of the Cedars of Lebanon, which once covered the country's mountains, are in the Besharre region in the North of Lebanon, Hundreds of trees stand on slopes 2,000 meters high in the shadow of the 3,088 meter peak of Qornet es- Sawda.
From Lebanon's cedar forests, Solomon got the timber to build his temple and palace, while the Egyptians Pharaohs used the wood carve their sarcophagi and 'sunships'.


In the north, the picturesque gateway to the Cedars of Lebanon, is the birthplace of the famous Lebanese poet Gibran Khalil Gibran. Here one may visit the Gibran Museum and the many ancient churches and monastries.


Is part of the Holy valley where Maronites used to hide during
the Ottoman’s period. Monastry of St-Antoine of Kozhaya is one
of the numerous monastries built in this valley. It is built partly
 inside in the mountain and partly outside it. It is surrounded
by a very beautiful panorama of forest and valley.


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