The Lebanon Cedar is the national emblem of Lebanon and is found on their flag, coat of arms, government logos and on currency. To the Lebanese, the cedar is a symbol of holiness, hope, freedom and peace.
The cedar of Lebanon is mentioned 77 times in the Bible.
On the Lebanese flag, the cedar stands out to represent peace and holiness.The white stripe represents the snow capped peaks of Lebanon's mountains and is a symbol of purity and peace. The two red stripes represent the blood that the Lebanese have shed to preserve their country against invaders, symbolizing martyrdom and self-sacrifice.
|Can you see those people? That's how big Lebanon cedars are!|
|Lebanese currency from 1988|
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There's a forest of cedars called the Forest of the Cedars of God that's considered a sacred forest. It's in the Qadisha Valley that also holds one of the most important early Christian monastic settlements in the world. The valley and the forest are a UNESCO world heritage site.
|Qadisha Valley, almost 50 km long, filled with monasteries and churches, and home to the Forest of the Cedars of God.|
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