The Sisters Olive Trees of Noah: The Last Sentinels of the North

A living organism that’s older than the Lebanese cedars? or better, the Pyramids? Before you start rolling eyes, hear us out… In the Northern village of Bchealeh, Lebanon, lies an olive grove (that’s been certified by the hundred curious scientists that’ve come from the world’s confines to analyse it) where huge olive trees stand, and who go back to up to 80 centuries, yes, to 6000 BC, according to advanced dating techniques that were used to shed a light on those absolute rarities (growing at 1300 meters, a unique feat, as you dont usually find olive trees at such altitude).

some of these trees predated the Phoenicians

An ambitious project aims to bring the public attention to this treasure by reorganizing the village of Bchealeh around their beloved olive grove: Artisanal goods, olive-derived products, and open air museum, and a library are among the many planned projects aiming to make of Bchealeh and its millenial trees, a touristic, cultural and historical sanctuary, for those of us who seek a glimpse and spread the word, of an ancient spirit who’s still among us since the dawn of humanity.

a wonder of nature: dating back up to 8000 years, legend says these giants survived The Flood


About APLH

The association for the protection of the Lebanese heritage, is an initiative launched by young Lebanese artists/intellectuals back in march 2010 on Facebook under the name ‘stop destroying your heritage!’. The group is still in existence and was opened for activism against the destruction of old Lebanese buildings by senseless Development. Founding members: Pascale Ingea Josef Haddad Jad Mhanna Official Status: The Association for the Protection of the Lebanese Heritage was registered on the 14th of july 2010 at the ministry of interior and has been officially announced in the official journal on the 28th of October 2010 (issue 50). The association’s permit number is 1764. Members: Members of the executive committee for the year 2011: Pascale Ingea- President Georges El Khoury- Vice President Mireille Haddad- Accounting Josef Haddad- Secretary Janine Ingea- Treasurer Jad Mhanna- Legal Advisor and Board Member
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5 Responses to The Sisters Olive Trees of Noah: The Last Sentinels of the North

  1. George Billing says:

    Thank you so much for spending the time and effort in adding the story of our sisters and its beloved town Bechealeh that are of an ambitious journey of world recognition. Your post is spot that we couldn’t have done a better job describing it ourselves!
    Thanks a Million!

  2. Kingsley Flint says:

    Please can you confirm that this hamlet is also known as Bchaale near to Jbeil district? My wife and I would like to visit there and cannot find Bechealeh on the map.
    Thank you

  3. Wayne Gifford says:

    So these trees date back 2000 years before the earth was created? Awesome.

  4. Ryan R. Kopp says:

    Great article and photos! I would love to visit Bchealeh and experience these ancients. God willing, they will still be there. Peace.

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