Cedars of God and the Jesus Tree in Lebanon

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 Forest of God in Lebanon

Jesus Tree in the Forest of God

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.

The Cedars of Lebanon and Forest of God

The Cedars of Lebanon

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.

The Cedars of Lebanon - Forest of God

Jesus Tree in the Forest of God in Lebanon

Jesus Tree in the Forest of God

Closeup of Carving in the Forest of God

Cedars of God, Jesus Tree

Jesus Tree in the Forest of God

About Red Hunt

A former journalist and business analyst that now works in the world of travel marketing. Based in Toronto, Red Hunt has travelled to more than 40 countries over the past 10 years. You can follow Red on Twitter @redhunttravel.