Being a travel writer, I was impressed with the knowledge and enthusiasm of the different tour guides in the three cities that we visited.
- Nancy Z.
Bsharri, also spelled Becharre, Bcharre, Bsharre, is a Lebanese town at about 1,450m of altitude, near the Kadisha Valley. It is located in the Bsharri District of the North Governorate. Bsharri is the town of the only remaining (preserved) Original Cedars of Lebanon. Cedar is the birthplace of the famous poet, painter and sculptor Khalil Gibran who now has a museum in the town to honor him. The name Bsharri can be found in the Phoenician language meaning "The House Of Ishtar", Ishtar being a goddess worshipped by the Phoenicians (and King Salomon) before monotheistic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) were adopted in the area. This town is still neglected by the government, having no university and no projects that provide careers to its youth, forcing them to move to cities and foreign countries. Today, the town is located in a highly touristic zone including such attractions as the Khalil Gibran Tomb and Museum, Kadisha Valley where Antonios Torbey lived as a hermite in the Hermitage of St. Lichaa down in the valley; the Kadisha Grotto, the Cedars of God forest, a ski resort and Bka'kafra (the birthplace of St Charbel).
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