The Cedars of God
The Cedars of God
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An ancient grove of cedars, the oldest in Lebanon, makes a beautiful site.
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  • VinnieLondon
    Doha, Qatar11,685 contributions
    Beautiful nature spot worth the trip out
    Around 2 hour drive from Beirut depending on traffic and snow conditions in the mountains. Day of visit was a beautiful clear day with stunning views and a balmy 20 plus degrees. Unfortunately due to the high snowfall it wasn’t possible to access the small forest on foot but as previous visitors commented there are far more impressive cedar forests but these are the oldest and in a spectacular location. Lots of souvenir and Lebanese sweets/foods stalls in vicinity and few cafes. Beautiful nature spot well worth the trip out from Beirut.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 March 2023
  • CasaRoscoe
    Ottawa, Canada236 contributions
    Not as Awe-Inspiring as Hoped
    Be aware that it is a long drive from Beirut to see a small grove of trees. Indeed, there are a lot fewer than one would expect. Fortunately the area is beautiful and there are other things to do in the dramatic Qadisha Valley. We visited in March with about 40cm of snow on the ground and the path through the cedars that others have written about was not open. There was no apparent signage to explain what we were seeing. One massive and impressive cedar stands amidst the shops selling wooden souvenirs, but the other trees on the hillside, when viewed from the roadway, did not make much of an impact. We spent about 15 minutes onsite.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 11 March 2023
  • alisjak7
    Ljubljana, Slovenia39 contributions
    Interesting
    First of all be aware that it takes a long ride to get here and you will most probably spend more time on the road than in the forest itself. What is really impressive is not the quantity but the age if these trees. It is a special feeling to stand there, smell the scent and enjoy the silence. If there is snow, you are very limited and you see even less. There is a good restaurant with a view over the forest and a few souvenir stalls.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 April 2023
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Gaby85🇱🇧🇫🇷🇬🇧🇩🇪
Beirut, Lebanon4,231 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
The Forest of the Cedars of God, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, covers an area of 10.2 ha, two hours from Beirut, 112 kilometers from Beirut, at an altitude of 2,193 meters above sea level and is often combined with day trips from Beirut to Qadisha Valley, Byblos or Bsharri. Entrance fees 100,000 LBP
Written 8 May 2023
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alisjak7
Ljubljana, Slovenia39 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
First of all be aware that it takes a long ride to get here and you will most probably spend more time on the road than in the forest itself. What is really impressive is not the quantity but the age if these trees. It is a special feeling to stand there, smell the scent and enjoy the silence. If there is snow, you are very limited and you see even less. There is a good restaurant with a view over the forest and a few souvenir stalls.
Written 10 April 2023
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CasaRoscoe
Ottawa, Canada236 contributions
Mar 2023
Be aware that it is a long drive from Beirut to see a small grove of trees. Indeed, there are a lot fewer than one would expect. Fortunately the area is beautiful and there are other things to do in the dramatic Qadisha Valley. We visited in March with about 40cm of snow on the ground and the path through the cedars that others have written about was not open. There was no apparent signage to explain what we were seeing. One massive and impressive cedar stands amidst the shops selling wooden souvenirs, but the other trees on the hillside, when viewed from the roadway, did not make much of an impact. We spent about 15 minutes onsite.
Written 11 March 2023
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VinnieLondon
Doha, Qatar11,685 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
Around 2 hour drive from Beirut depending on traffic and snow conditions in the mountains. Day of visit was a beautiful clear day with stunning views and a balmy 20 plus degrees. Unfortunately due to the high snowfall it wasn’t possible to access the small forest on foot but as previous visitors commented there are far more impressive cedar forests but these are the oldest and in a spectacular location. Lots of souvenir and Lebanese sweets/foods stalls in vicinity and few cafes. Beautiful nature spot well worth the trip out from Beirut.
Written 5 March 2023
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Schhel
Kigali, Rwanda172 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
There are actually much bigger cedar forests in the area, with hardly anyone visiting, and where you can do proper walks . This one is small but has the oldest trees and beautiful surroundings.
Written 21 May 2022
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Semaan D. Makary
Lebanon519 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
The Cedars is one of Lebanon’s most beautiful nature reserves, & home to the oldest Cedar Forest.

The area used to be an immense forest of cedars, cypresses, pines & oaks. Deforestation started in 3000 BC, when the wood was used for vessels, constructions & mummification. Attempts to protect the forest started in the 2nd century, yet deforestation continued!
Written 6 January 2022
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Cokina
Beirut, Lebanon573 contributions
Feb 2021 • Family
This place makes you feel so tiny in comparison to how enormous the trees are. If only the trees could tell what they have seen in those thousands of years. If you had to choose one place to visit during your trip, it's definitely this one.
Written 3 February 2021
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Kim G
Beirut45 contributions
Oct 2020
Very relaxing visit in October. It's a very peaceful experience to walk on the path and see the huge trees. We went on a Sunday and it was quiet though it was pretty busy. There was an outdoor mass at 1pm which we also enjoyed very much. The park is well maintained. You can feel at one with nature there.
Written 27 October 2020
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HibaFz
Beirut, Lebanon18 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Gorgeous forest of majestic cedar trees, the symbol of Lebanon. It is a must see if you visit this beautiful country. Magnificient old cedars standing out there for thousands of years. Consider visiting Gebran Museum in Becharre in the nearby and hiking in Kadisha valley.
Written 7 July 2020
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cutelady Baluch
Muscat Governorate, Oman1,714 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
Amazing place . There is No entrance fees , but you only can pay a donation any amount from you ,which help in taking care of this place ..
The place is very spiritual,and you can sit inside the forest and enjoy watching a giant trees, the air and the breeze inside the forest are cool and Amazing. Inside the forest there is a old church.
Written 10 May 2020
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