Qadisha Valley, Lebanon in 15 amazing photos

Wadi Qadisha, which means Holy Valley, is a gorge that lies within the Bcharre and Zgharta districts in Northern Lebanon.

It’s one of the most breathtaking sites in Lebanon.

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This valley is where nature, history, culture, and religion merge in harmony.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Holy Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the ruins in Anjar, the Temple of Bacchus, Byblos, and Tyre.

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The Lebanon Mountain Trail is a long-distance trail that is 470 km long from northern Lebanon (Andqet) to southern Lebanon (Marjaayon). It passes through more than 76 towns and villages, 1 World Heritage Site, 5 protected areas, and a number of nature reserves and bird areas. . The Lebanon Mountain Trail is divided into 27 sections and these sections can be hiked independently. For thru-hikers, it takes around 25 to 30 days to complete the entire trail. An annual ‘Thru-Walk’ is held in the month of April organized by the Lebanon Mountain Trail Association. The trail is well marked and hiking it independently is also possible. . This is a moderate hike that showcases Lebanon's diverse sceneries. Some of these incredible spots are the cedar forest natural reserve, vast valleys, amazing sea views, and snow-capped mountains. . Hikers will also experience the culture and way of life of the locals. Accommodation is arranged in their houses or local lodges. The most interesting part is the chance to enjoy the delectably famous Lebanese cuisine straight from its authentic source! . . . . . Photo by Serge Melki . . . . . #lebanonmountaintrail #lebanon #livelovelebanon #explorelebanon #visitlebanon #lebanonmountains #tannourine #lebanonhiking #lebanonnature #beautifullebanon #lebanontraveler #lebanontourism #hikelebanon #qadisha #incrediblephotography #hikevibes #hiking #gohiking #hikinginspiration #needahike #hikinggoals #eyesoflebanon #happyhiker #hikinglifestyle #exploringnature #outdooradventures #outdooraddict #dosomethingchallenging #adventureenthusiasts #seekthetrails

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The valley has housed Christian monastic communities for many centuries.

It’s now a destination where people seek peace, and where pilgrims pray.

Home to Early Christian communities

The Maronites were the dominant Christian group in the valley where they found shelter from religious prosecution.

Historians believe that monastic communities and Sufis visited the valley in search of meditation and solitude.

The Holy Valley is the home of the 83-year-old Maronite monk from Colombia. Father Dario Escobar has been living in Our Lady of Hawqa Monastery for 17 years.

The sanctuary receives a lot of visitors who are curious to meet the hermit that came all the way from Colombia. They also come to light candles, pray, and ask for the blessing of Father Escobar.

It is home to the numerous monasteries: Qannoubine, Saint Anthony of Qozhaya, Our Lady of Hawqa, Mar Sarkis, Mar Elisha, Mar Gerges, Mar Aboun, and Mar Youhanna.

The Monastery of Saint Anthony of Qozhaya was built in 1000 A.D. It was destroyed in the 16th century, but it was quickly restored.

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A highline festival took place in Qadisha Valley. People from 22 different countries highlined over the breathtaking gorge!

The slacklines were between 20 meters and 240 meters long and in height from 12 to 100 meters.

Qadisha Valley looks so beautiful in white!

It is definitely worth a visit!

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