Columns along Roman main street, Tyre, Lebanon.
Tyre is an ancient Phoenician city in southern Lebanon, jutting out into the Mediterranean Sea. It is located about 20 miles south of Sidon. The modern city's name is Sur.
Tyre has a long and illustrious history. In ancient times it was the most important city of the Phoenicians, amassing great wealth and power from the export of purple dye.
In the first century AD, Tyre was the home of a Christian community visited by St. Paul, and it became a major stronghold of the Crusaders in the 12th century. Today, Tyre (Sur) is the fourth largest city in Lebanon and is a popular stop for tourists due to its ancient ruins. It was added to UNESCO's World Heritage list in 1984.
Picture by: Hussein Kefel
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