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The old Phoenician city island

This is a large site of collonades, public baths, mosaic streets and an unusual rectangular arena. Most of the buildings in this area date from the Greek and the Roman periods, but there are some Byzantine cisternes and Phoenician remains of walls At the shore.

Lebanon is one of the oldest countries in the world, and home to a civilization going back to around 3500 BC when cities like Beirut, Byblos, Tyre, Sidon and Baalbek were founded. Lebanon boasts a rich pre-Biblical history, having been mentioned 75 times in Old Testament, and is home to five World Heritage Sites.

Tyre (Hebrew Zor; Latin Tyrus) is an ancient Phoenician city in southern Lebanon, jutting out into the Mediterranean Sea. It is located about 20 miles south of Sidon.

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.

Picture by: Hussein Kefel

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  • Copyright: Hussein Kefel (Hussein_Kefel) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 116] (815)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-07-24
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Exposure: f/4.1, 1/1000 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-05-25 1:00
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