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Monday, November 22, 2010

Cedars of Lebanon

Located at the Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve on the slopes of Barouk mountain, are the famous Cedars of Lebanon. The young saplings look like Christmas trees. Older ones [4000 years old or more] are the majestic tree whose model is on the flag of Lebanon. 


The nature preserve is at an elevation of some 6000 feet and the air is cool and tangy ...  refreshing. 


Amazing to think that some of the trees we walked among were young when King Solomon was building his temple.


Some of the trees have died due to a disease that has now been arrested with the help of French scientists.  Powerful sculptures have been carved into some the dead trees.




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