The Cedar may be the emblem of the Lebanese flag, but it represents much more than that as well. For as far back as history can remember, the Cedar has been cherished for its beauty, majesty, mystical and healing powers.

Cedrus libani (Lebanon Cedar or Cedar of Lebanon), is an evergreen coniferous tree growing up to 40 m tall, with a trunk up to 2.5 m in diameter. The crown is conic when young, becoming broadly tabular with age with fairly level branches. The cedar of Lebanon is a plant of cold high mountainous regions.it occurs most abundantly at altitudes of 1,000-2,000 m

In the past, Lebanese mountains were covered with Cedars. In fact, the Cedars of Lebanon formed one great big forest. Sadly enough and due to deforestation and over exploitation, all that is left today is 18 scattered patches of protected Cedar land. In total, protected forests (both Cedar and other) make up approximately 4 to 8% of the Lebanese territory.

Therefore the Lebanese state has created several Cedar Reserves or nature reserves that contain cedars, including the Chouf Cedar Reserves, the Jaj Cedar Reserve, the Tannourine Reserve, the Ammouaa

and Karm Shbat Reserves in the Akkar district, and the most famous reserve is the Forest of the

Cedars of God near Bcharri.

A man and a Cedar, Cedars of God.

 

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Tannourine Cedars

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 The ancient Egyptians used Cedars resin in mummification

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 King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem was built with Lebanese Cedars

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Lebanon is known as the Land of the Cedars

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the Phoenicians used Cedars for building ships

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Revered and admired, it has come to symbolize prosperity and  Lebanese pride

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Cedars are known as Biblical Cedars because they were cited in the Bible 75 times

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The Righteous will grow like a Cedar of Lebanon

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Cedars are 1000 to 2000 years old

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Cedars date back to ancient times.

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 Cedars are just as valuable historical remains as the ruins of Byblos, Baalbeck or Tyre,and an integral part of the Lebanese history .

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The Cedars  of Lebanon can be classified as an archaeological monument.

cedars lebanonThe Cedars were first found in Lebanon.

 By Rana Tanissa