, cedar of Lebanon was used by the ancients to build temples and palaces in the Middle East, cedarwood oil was possibly the first oil to be extracted from a plant, and was used by the Egyptians in the mummification process. The tree is now very rare. 2
King Solomon's temple was said to built entirely from cedar from Lebanon. Only a few hundred trees survive of the once vast forests of the Lebanon cedar Cedrus libani. The twelve oldest and largest of these trees are revered by every monotheistic religion, and it is believed that an evil fate will overtake anyone who harmes on of these trees.