Eastern Countries

Eastern Countries

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...10,050 feet, is the head spring of the Kadisha, the " sacred river." Farther down its gorge, at a height of 6,300 feet, are still preserved the few survivors of the famous " Cedars of Lebanon." There are about four hundred trees in the group, the tallest being eighty feet high, and the largest forty-seven feet in circumference. Within the grove is a Maronite chapel, and the people hold an appropriate festival in August. These 'famous trees were always admired by the Israelites, as no cedars grew in their own land, to the southward, and there are numerous references to them in Scripture. They formerly covered_ the greater part of the mountain slopes, but have been nearly all cut off. To the northward, the Lebanon range extends at a lower elevation, this less stately ridge being known as the Nosairiyeh. The coast plain, beyond Tripoli, encircles the bay of Jun Akkar, and is well cultivated, being called J uniyeh, or " the corner." The caravan route northward continues near the coast, crossing the Barid, or "cold river," having on its bank the ruins of ancient Orthosia, mentioned in Maccabees. Farther along is the larger Nahr el Kebir, " the great river," which was the ancient Eleutheros, and the northern boundary of the territory of the Phoenicians. Upon the inland hilltops are perched various castles built by the Crusaders. Off the coast are two islands, Hebles, and north of it, ancient Aradus, now Ruad, and between these comes out the Nahr el Kibleh, which just before debouching into the sea receives the Nahr Amrit. The latter name is derived from Marathus, the extensive city which, in the early times, covered the surface all about the neighborhood of both rivers. To-day...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236836278
  • 9781236836274