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Things to do in Bcharre

Bcharre is a town that is situated towards the north of Lebanon. It is hailed as the birthplace of the world renowned poet and philosopher Khalil Gibran. There’s even a museum in the town that showcases his best works. Visitors can find lots of fun and interesting things to do in Bcharre. The town contains many tourist attractions, including the ski resorts, delicious eateries, restaurants, and shops.

Bcharre is a very welcoming town located in the midst of the Kadisha Valley. Exploring the beautiful sites in the mountains is thus, one of many things to do in Bcharre. Although the size of the town is small, its enriching history, culture and art more than make up for it. Out of all the Lebanese cities; Bcharre is considered to be the most mysterious, as in the past, it has been plundered and looted several times. One of the things to do in Bcharre is to go and visit the very famous cedar forests in the region. The are area is known as the ‘Cedars of God’. These are some of the last remaining cedar trees in Lebanon and hold historical significance as well. As the city is also the home town of the very famous Khalil Gibran (1883-1931), one of the things to do in Bcharre is to visit the Gibran Museum that features a large collection of his drawings and paintings. This place was initially a monastery by the name of Monastery of Mar Sarkis, but was later converted into a museum in the year 1935. It was also restored and enlarged in 1975 and 1995.


There are a number of places to visit in Bcharre. You may take a trip to the Kadisha valley and hike there, as this valley is the home to some of the steepest mountains and hills, beautiful waterfalls and deep caves. Other places to visit in Bcharre, if you want to click some exotic pictures, include the Deir Mar Antonios Qozhaya, as you would definitely like to capture the beauty of this 11th to 12th century structure through your lens. This was a hermitage is earlier times and today, is a museum containing many religious artifacts. The famous things to do in Bcharre also consist of visiting the religious site of the Notre Dame De Lourdes Grotto that has been dedicated to the Virgin Mary and boasts of a natural spring. The legend states that the Virgin Mary took pity on the monk, who used to bring water all the way up the hill, to water his vegetables and the spring was her blessing. In the winter, your trip to this city must include staying at the ski resorts as one of the best things to do in Bcharre, with skiing, hiking, snowboarding and many other winter sports being the highlight of your stay.

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General Sight of Bcharre

General Sight of Bcharre

Bcharre is a town in Lebanon which lies at about 1500 m in Lebanon in the Kadisha Valley in the Bcharre District. The reason why it is so prominent for most naturalists is that it is the only known preserve of some of the last remaining original cedar trees of the country. Academics love it as the birthplace of the painter, poet and renowned sculptor, Khalil Gibran whose memory has been commemorated with his very own museum in town. The town is a major tourist zone for those who wish to take advantage of the ski resorts that are in plenty here.

Bcharre is also home to a Red Cross training centre along with the Maronite Scouts which started operations 16 years ago. The natives of the town are known for being devout followers of the Christian faith and which they celebrate with gusto by holding annual festivals that attract people in droves to their villages. The climate is Mediterranean with cold and balmy winds and snowy winters which make the ski resorts a hot commodity once the season arrives. Temperatures can plummet to -15°C so bring plenty of warm clothes if you travel at that time.

The Cedars of Lebanon or the Cedars of God are the last remaining traces of the magnificent forests that flourished on Mount Lebanon during ancient times. The wood was used by invaders for their own use and it was coveted by the Egyptians since it was durable enough to be shaped into ships for the open seas. It was also used by the Ottoman Empire for the construction of railways which ultimately made the cedars eligible for the endangered list. The good news is that you can still see the forest today since it was added to the UNESCO in 1998 as a prime world heritage site.

The Cedars of Lebanon are protected rigorously but it is possible to take a tour of the trees with aid from a certified guide. If you visit during the winter you will be able to see all of the trees blanketed by a fine snow and the scene will take your breath away; it’s that mesmerizing. A reforestation program introduced new cedars into the forest but those will not make an appearance until a few years since the trees take several decades to mature. They live for a long time though unless they are cut down and produce cones when they are about 20 years old.

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Gibran Museum

Gibran Museum

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Phoenician Tomb

Phoenician Tomb

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Saint Saba Church

Saint Saba Church

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House of Khalil Gibran

House of Khalil Gibran

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Kadisha Grotto

Kadisha Grotto

The peaceful and stunning valley of Kadisha, boasts a calm and serene environment, which gives an invitation to prayer, meditation and forgetfulness. It was in this valley that Manorites heard the Gospel and spend their lives according to its teachings. The valley became famous for its caves that became the abode of hermits who committed their lives to God.
Classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site, the place is one of the most popular places to visit in Lebanon.

The beautiful valley is situated in a deep gorge, and extends about fifty kilometers from al-Koura to Bcharre. The picturesque valley is home to the first Christian monasteries of Lebanon. The place served as a perfect refuge for religious minorities as it was virtually unapproachable to hostile armies. This is how the valley started to become the most integral Manorite settlement region.

The summer season is the best time to visit the valley. Whether you are looking to go for hiking to the highest peak of Qornet es Sawda, see beautiful springs and ponds of Oyoun Orghosh, or just have a relaxing time at the waterfalls in Kfar Helda, Kadisha Valley is among some of the most attractive places to visit in Lebanon.

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Deir Mar Elisha

Deir Mar Elisha