National Geographic : 1954 Dec
© National Geographic Society + Cedars of Lebanon: Ancient Symbol of a New Arab Nation From Lebanon's forests King Hiram of Tyre sent tim ber for Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem. Today a cedar graces the young republic's red-white-and-green flag. Here above Bsherri a few gnarled giants survive. Skiers make the grove a popular winter resort. + Beirut, an Old Phoenician Market, Still Deals in Oriental Treasures Damascus brocades, velvet "Crusader" jackets from Bethlehem, Indian sandals, and embroidered Far East ern robes fill these shelves. Arab salesmen display a profusion of wares. This merchant garbs his American customer in a silk gown.