The Cedars is 1800 metres above sea level. It is indeed unfortunate that due to centuries of plundering the number of cedars have seriously diminished with only a few isolated reserves remaining today.
The most beautiful cedar trees are those from Bsharreh, many of which are estimated to be nearly 2,000 years old having reached a height of some 35 metres with trunks in the region of 14 metres around. There is no more beautiful site than to see these trees with their branches positioned outward with layers of snow as if in prayer! Cedars are among the last survivors of the immense forests that lay across Mount Lebanon in ancient times. The citizens of ancient Byblos, Tyre and Sidon used cedrus libani to build houses and fashion masts for their ships. Salomon imported wood from here to build his temple in Jerusalem.
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