The Cedars of Lebanon

The ‘Cedars of God’, in the mountains of northern Lebanon, is one of the last vestiges of the legendary cedar forests that once thrived across Mount Lebanon and the rest of the levant in ancient times. After centuries of persistent deforestation, at the hands of numerous civilisations including the Pheonicians, Israelites, Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Romans, and Turks, the extent of these forests has been markedly reduced.

This is the story of this historic forest, told by Dr. Youssef Tawk, a doctor from the near-by town of Bcharreh. 

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Nessim Stevenson