The Qadisha Valley is a valley that lies within the Becharre and Zqharta Districts of the North governorate of Lebanon The valley is a deep gorge carved by the Kadisha River, also known as the Nahr Abu Ali when it reaches Tripoli. Kadisha means "Holy" in , and the valley, sometimes called the Holy Valley, has sheltered Christian Monasic communities for many centuries. The integrity of the Valley is at risk due to encroachment of human settlements, illegal building and inconsistent conservation activity. Although it is not yet on the UNESCO "in danger" list, there have been warnings that continued violations may lead to this step.
Did you know that...
-The valley was listed as a "world heritage site"by the UNESCO in 1998.
-in Aramaic,Qadisha means"Holy"
-Qornet Es-Saouda is the highest peak in Lebanon (3,060 meters).
-More than 7 monasteries and churches are located in the Qadisha area.
-The oldest church in the Middle East-Mar Mema Church,built in 749 AD-is located in Ehden.
-The Cedars in Bcharre,known as "Arz El Rab"
-The Gebran Khalil Gebran Museum
-The Qadisha Grotto
-The Saidet El Hosn Church in Ehden
-The Ehden Village
-"Ehdeniyat",Ehden's famed summer event.