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Qozhaya Monastery - Bcharre – Qadisha Valley – Cedars of God

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Qozhaya Monastery - Bcharre – Qadisha Valley – Cedars of God


ABOUT THE TOUR
You will be picked up from your hotel, and head directly to Cedars Forest (Cedars of God) one of the last extensive forests of the cedars of Lebanon that once thrived across mount Lebanon in ancient times,their timber has been subsequently exploited across millenia from phoenicians,the assyrians and babylonians,to the persian and Ottomans.The woood was priced by Egyptian for shipbuilding,and the ottoman empire used the cedars for railway construction.

Afterwards you will visit Becharre a pretty welcoming village in the heart of Qadisha Valley, upon arrival, you will walk to the birthplace of the famous Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran and here you will visit the Gibran Museum.

We will end the day at Mar Lichaa Monastery is one of the most popular landmarks in Qadisha Valley. Beautifully restored, built into the vertical cliff wall, is exceptionally impressive. The date of its first settlements Starting the 14th century, was the residence of the Maronite bishops. In the 17th century, a French man from Aix-En-Provence nobility called Francois de Chasteuil decided to live there as a hermit. He died from tuberculosis in 1644 and is now buried there. The Maronite order was founded in this monastery between 1698 and 1700. The last hermit of Mar Lichaa, Antonios Tarabay, died in 1998 and is now almost worshipped by some believers.

Mar Lichaa Monastery houses a very interesting find which remains a mystery until today – The Black Slab. A medieval sign of Christianity in the Orient is engraved in it, it’s not a fish, but a geometrical form representing God in its center, a cross and the four Evangelists. What’s fascinating about it is that it bears inscriptions in the Syriac language, written in Estrangelo script which was commonly used in Lebanon mainly before the 12th century. Most likely, the slab was brought by the monks from Aleppo and dates back to a period older than the oldest archaeological evidence in Mar Lichaa.

COST $80 PER PERSON
(couple gets a discount)

What is Included in the Price:
1 – Entrance Fees
2 – Lunch
3 – Guide
4 – Hotel pick up and drop off
5 – Air Conditioned Vehicle
6 – Snacks

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P.S. To book Only The Ride on this day
Cost: $40 Per Person

What is Included:
- Snacks
- Pickup & Drop off
- Air Conditioned Vehicle

What is Excluded:
- Lunch Fee
- Guide Fee
- Entrance Fee
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