A trip into the Qadisha Valley of Lebanon brings you to the ‘Cedars’, a natural wonder dating back to ancient times. Lebanon is famous for it’s Cedar trees and they’re a huge source of pride to the point that a Cedar tree is prominently featured on their national flag.
The Cedars of Lebanon are linked to many stories from the Bible, so they have a strong religious significance to many people. While the forest is much smaller now than it was 2000 years ago, it is still quite impressive and makes for a fun day trip of hiking and enjoying nature.
One area that really stood out for me was what is called the Cedars of God. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has many impressively large Cedar trees that date back for centuries, but it was the Jesus Tree or Crucifixion Tree that impressed me most. Carved into one enormous dead tree were various depictions of the crucifixion of Christ. An amazing bit of woodworking in an amazing natural setting.