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 ‘gunships’.
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 monasteries.
is part of the Holy valley where Maronites used to during the Ottoman’s period. The monastery of St-Antoine of Kozhaya is one of the numerous monasteries built in this valley. It is built partly inside the mountain and party outside it. It is surrounded by a very beautiful panorama of forest and valley.