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Beirut to Qadisha Valley Private Day Trip with Jubran Museum

Depart from Beirut in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.  Arrive to the Holly Valley of Qadisha, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located in a deep gorge, with its spectacular scenery, the valley houses the first Christian monasteries and (cave) churches of Lebanon.  After Qadisha Valley, visit Bcharre, located in the heart of the Qadisha Valley, a good and pleasant base for exploring the beautiful valley and the old cedar forest. Apart from its attractive and central location, Bcharre is home of Khalil Gibran museum, the famous writer and poet who was born there. Visit the museum, then have a lunch in a local restaurant.  After lunch, explore one of Lebanon’s most beautiful nature reserves and home to the oldest cedar forest located just eight kilometers from Bcharre.  After that, the trip ends so it's time to return to Beirut.

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Qadisha Valley, Cedars Forest and Gibran Museum Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Cedars of God, Bcharre, North Governorate 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.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Qadisha Valley, Bcharre, North GovernorateBecharre 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.Duration: 3 hours

$95 Cultural & Theme Tours

CEDARS OF GOD - BECHARRE _ QOZHAYA

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Cedars of God, Bcharre, North Governorate is one of the last vestiges of the extensive forests of the Lebanon cedar, that once thrived across Mount Lebanon in ancient times. Their timber was used by the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Romans, and Turks. The wood was prized by Egyptians for shipbuilding; the Ottoman Empire used the cedars in railway construction.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Gibran Museum, Bcharre, North GovernorateThe Gibran Museum, formerly the Monastery of Mar Sarkis, is a biographical museum in Bsharri, Lebanon, 120 kilometres (75 mi) from Beirut. It is dedicated to the Lebanese writer, philosopher, and artist Kahlil Gibran.Founded in 1935, the Gibran Museum possesses 440 original paintings and drawings of Gibran and his tomb. It also includes his furniture and belongings from his studio when he lived in New York City and his private manuscripts.The building which houses the museum and his tomb was bought by his sister in 1931 under Gibran's request, having spiritual significance as a monastery dating back to the 7th century when it was the Mar Sarkis (Saint Serge) hermitage.In 1975, the Gibran National Committee restored and expanded the monastery to house more exhibits and again expanded it in 1995.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Qadisha (Kadisha) Valley, Bcharre, North GovernorateKadisha Valley , also romanized as the Qadisha Valley and also known as the Kadisha Gorge or Wadi Kadisha (French: Ouadi Qadisha), is a gorge that lies within the Becharre and Zgharta Districts of the North Governorate of Lebanon. The valley was carved by the Kadisha River, also known as the Nahr Abu Ali when it reaches Tripoli. Kadisha means "Holy" in Aramaic, and the valley, sometimes called the Holy Valley. It has sheltered Christian monastic communities for many centuries. The valley is located at the foot of Mount al-Makmal in northern Lebanon.Duration: 1 hour