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    Prehistoric Quarter

    by iwys Updated Mar 28, 2007

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    Near to the Crusader Castle, is the prehistoric quarter of Byblos. The site was uncovered in 1860 by the French archaeologist, Ernest Renan. There was a Neolithic settlement here an incredible 8,000 years ago. Evidence of their homes has been found in the tell here. There are also remnants of later homes, with pebble floors, and rectangular Chalcolithic houses from 4000 BC, made from limestone. Artefacts found at the site include funerary jars, pots, fishing hooks, jewellery and tools.

    There are detailed information boards and maps at the site in English, French and Arabic.

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    Well the Ruins at Byblos, duhhh

    by stappm Updated Jan 19, 2006

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    Byblos is the oldest continually inhabited seaport in the world and one of the World Heritage Sites. Over 15 civilizations have had ports here, the most destructive were the Crusaders who demolished the Roman, Greek, and Phoenician ruins to build the Crusader Castles..... or perhaps better said, fortresses.

    You can get a tour guide directly at the archeology site. Hiyam is excellent and is one of the English speaking guides. The guide walks you thru the ruins, and castles, where you can see the remnants of an amphitheater and a huge sarcophagus still semi buried. I have said this before (in other posts on Lebanon) it is amazing as in Lebanon you are allowed to walk, touch, and be among the ruins - unlike other places where they have it all roped off at 50 feet.

    The souks (old shopping area of Byblos) are just across the way and I highly recommend walking them as well. There are several great restaurants, Pepe's is an old favorite.

    The Sarcophagus Byblos Archaeological Site Inside the Crusaders Castle Byblos

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    Byblos International Festival

    by stappm Written Jan 19, 2006

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    in the summer they erect a venue amongst the ruins and have world renowned entertainment. It makes for quite a spectacular evening. This past year we saw Omara Putunda the Cuban Diva. Other artists included in the festival were the Serenade Chamber Orchestra, Roger Hodgson, and Aziza Mustafa Zadeh. A broad spectrum of talent and musical taste, truly something for everyone!

    The cost was anywhere from 30,000 LBP to 60,000 LBP (approx. $20 to $40 USD)

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    The Souks in Byblos

    by stappm Written Jan 19, 2006

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    The Souks (marketplace) in Byblos make the day trip at Byblos complete. They surround the archeology site and sit at the base of St Johns Cathedral. The shop keepers are ready to haggle and you can pick up some great souvenirs and maybe even some new friends!

    Byblos Souks

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    View from the castle

    by MalenaN Written Apr 24, 2005

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    The squared foundation in the middle is the ruins of Temple of Baalat Gebal, which is the oldest temple at Byblos. It is from the 4th millennium BC. The temple was important until Roman times.
    Close to the sea there is a house built during the Ottoman period.

    View over Byblos ancient site
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    The Crusader Castle

    by MalenaN Written Apr 24, 2005

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    When you are going to explore the historical site the Crusader Castle is a good place to start at, as there is a beautiful view over the area and the sea from the roof.
    When the castle was built in the 12th century by the Franks blocks from the ancient temples were used.

    The Crusader Castle in Byblos
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    The archaeological site

    by MalenaN Written Apr 24, 2005

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    The entrance fee to the archaeological site is 6000 LL (June 2002). Here there is a Crusader Castle, an Ottoman House and several ancient ruins of temples and a Roman theatre. The site lies beautifully by the see.

    The archaeological site in Byblos
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    The harbour

    by MalenaN Written Apr 24, 2005

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    The harbour might be one of the oldest in the world. From here the famous Lebanese cedar was shipped to other towns during ancient time.
    There are small fishing boats and a few boats for sightseeing. Around the harbour are some restaurants, cafés and a hotel.

    The harbour in Byblos
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    New and old

    by MalenaN Written Apr 24, 2005

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    To the east of the highway is the modern town of Jbail. On the other side, on the slope down to the see, is the old picturesque town with small shops, the harbour and the archaeological site. Old Byblos is on UNESCOs World Heritage List.

    Old town of Byblos
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    Go swimming

    by MalenaN Updated Apr 24, 2005

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    Lebanon doesn’t have many public beaches. Just south of Jbail (Byblos) there are the sandy beaches Tam-Tam and Paradise.
    To go here from Beirut you can take a bus going north from Charles Helou Station and ask to be dropped at the beaches. From the highway there is a road going down the slope to the sea. From Byblos it is walking distance.

    Tam-Tam and Paradise
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    Roman Theatre

    by iwys Updated Apr 5, 2007

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    The first Roman theatre was built here in 218 AD. It has since been rebuilt to one third of its original size.

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    Ottoman House

    by iwys Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    Apart from the castle, one other building dominates the site of old Byblos. This is the only house left standing from the Ottoman settlement which covered this site in the 19th century.

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    Walk the Port and Town at night.

    by stappm Updated Jan 19, 2006

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    A simple pleasure. The water, the light, the boats, It is quite romantic even if you are alone!!!!

    There are lots of resturants to choose from.

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    Medieval Town

    by Sambawalk Written Nov 26, 2004

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    The medieval town or old town situated within the wall. Although it is small, there are few interesting sights.

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