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» JAJJ CEDARS LEBANON

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Situated in 2.000 to 2.500 meters high on the western slopes of Mount Lebanon, the Cedars of Jaj are the last remnants of the once-vast Cedar forests of the "Land of Nega" – which reached as far south as the source of the Adonis river at Afqa (Adonis Cave) – of the Phoenicians kings of Byblos*. From these trees came the wood for the solar boats, coffins, and mummification compounds of the ancient Egyptians of the earliest dynasties.

They were accessible and easy to transport to the coast. off the beaten track and forgotten in the midst of uninhabited mountain peaks. they were probably floated down the Adonis and Fidar streams south of Byblos and moved by sea to the harbor.

The reason why the Cedars of Jaj are so little knows today is the fact that after reaching Jaj itself, several hours of climbing are necessary to reach the trees. Five of the oldest trees measures about 3 meters in circumference and 15 in height. They grow in every conceivable shape and size: round, tall, single, double, triple, and even as many 12 out of the same basic trunk. Some grow out of sheer cliffs and are thus much more spectacular. ( not far of it is the Laqlouq skiing resort)

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