Part of the beauty of Tyre is its picturesque port area. The port is entirely devoted to small fishing boats and, I would bet, pleasure cruises. There are few large vessels, and, together, it gives the impression of a sleepy and peaceful backwater town. There is fervent construction not far from the fort, and I would bet that within a few years it...more
The old city of Tyre has a significant Christian population, descendants of the initial, largely Christian population. Apparently, many of them are Catholics, and it is here that the Carmelite church and nunnery are found. In addition to serving the spiritual needs of the population, the church also services as a cultural centre, and I saw an ad...more
In the campaign to rebuild Tyre, there has been considerable energy expended on reviving the old quarter of the city and its quaint and enchanting alleyways. This is obviously a project driven by the revenue potential of tourism to the region, as much of this section appears to be Christian, and thus not immediately susceptible to the political...more
Tyre, of course, has its Souq, which is still a vibrant and lively section of the town. As a historical urban setting, Tyre's Souq is obviously an old establishment, although it does appear that much of the Souq has been rebuilt following the various waves of destruction (both manmade and natural) that have struck the region. As such, it does not...more
Tyre is a predominantly Shiite city, despite its initially important role in the early history of Christianity. This particular mosque is pertains to the Shi'ite awqaf, and was reconstructed after some sort of calamity or destruction. It is not a particularly aesthetically pleasing mosque, and was certainly not constructed in the usual Iranian...more
On the opposite side of Awkaf Street from the main grouping of Roman ruins, there is a separate grouping of far less well preserved ancient structures. Here, there are visible traces of buildings and roads made from the same stone as the Roman structures in the main complex. It appears that some of these remains, however, are from the time of the...more
Every Arab city on a coast has its Corniche. One of the greatest forms of entertainment for young people and families is the ability to parade up and down the Corniche, chatting and enjoying the sound and smell of the sea. The Corniche is not nearly as built up in Tyre as in other cities, but it still affords some pretty views of the Mediterranean...more
Despite the impermanence of many of forms of the arts - whether because they are based on an ephemeral act, or because of the perishability of their products - at least some of the creative products of the Romans have survived to our day because of the use of durable material, such as some. In the Roman ruins of Tyre one such example is the mosaic...more
In addition to the normal houses for the living, there are the ordinary houses for the dead that fill the initial section of the complex. These are small, carved stone boxes that can be seen at hazard, apparently within the rest of the structures that housed the living. Not being well educated on matters of archeology, I'm not certain of the social...more
One of the greatest aspects of the old Roman city of Tyre is the abundance of small structures remaining around the more monumental constructs of the complex. They point to the lives of the ordinary citizens, and to the manner in which the Roman city was organized. While none of the roofs remain (they were likely made of something much more...more
The arches of the hippodrome are large enough that a visitor can wander in and through them. They are a tribute to Roman engineering, and it is a sign of just how sturdily they were built that they have survived not only 2000 years of wind and rain, but also numerous earthquakes.more
The centre of the Hippodrome has structures that appear to be the altar and obelisk that would have been for sacrificial and celebratory purposes. This isn't an expert opinion, but it's what I am supposing they were for based on what appears in Baalbek. In any case, the obelisk is one of the best preserved pieces in the entire complex.more
Located by the ancient port of Tyre, le Petit Phoenicien is a low-key restaurant run by a local family. Their speciality is seafood, but they also serve delicious regular Lebanese mezze, including some meat dishes. The restaurant has outdoor seating with good views over the tranquil port, and only in Tyre does such a simple restaurant have on its...more
If you ask any local about the two best restaurants around tyre, they will surely tell you one of two: Le Petit Phoenicien also known by the family name as 'Hadeed' (see other restaurant tip for details) or Salinas Restaurant. This restaurant is situated on Mina street, very close to the Rest House. Although is not located on the shore, there is...more
This place is more commonly knowin in Tyre as 'Hadeed' - the family name of the owner of this restaurant. It is located in the Old Tyre, next to the port...If its warm, and you decide to sit outside in the sun, you will be sitting on the docks, right next to the fishing boats of the local fishermen... The restaurant owner has been in business for...more
If you travel from Beirut, you have to change minibus at Sidon. The distance is arounf 45 mins from Beirut to Sidon and another 45 minutes from Sidon to Tyre. Both minibus rides cost 1,000LL (Nov 04). If you want to do a day trip, you had better go to Tyre first and Sidon in the return leg. When I travelled back from Tyre to Sidon, the minibus used...more
To get to Tyre from Beirut it's best to look for a service minibus from Cola Station - a large crossroad in the city. They let you off by the old port in Tyre, right n the old city, and about only 10 minutes walk from area one.. I hear that there are also buses leaving from Charles Helou, but I did not try them first hand. We asked about private...more
In the past Tyre was famous because of the purple dye. Tyran purple was worn as a mark of imperial and royal rank. One gram of pure purple was worth ten to twenty grams of gold.
The purple was made of murex, marine snail.
We walked around in the old city looking for nice shops in the souqs and the shopping streets. We didn't see purple dye, but found some shops with other old stuff.
As I said in my opening page, Tyre is in a zone of Lebanon that feels almost like the Caribbean for its lush and fertile fields and its humid weather. Here you will also find a plethora of flowering plants, and dazzling colours that belie the beauty of the place. They are abundant in the Roman ruins, and add to the feeling that much of the city's...more
Although each of Lebanon's sects is probably represented in Tyre, most of the city's population is Shiite Moslem. This is evident in the numerous posters of the Shiite imams wearing the black turbans, but another clear indication is the presence of black flags and banners everywhere, particularly around mosques. Seen in the attached photo is a...more
Adjacent to al-Bass Archaeological Area 3 is its namesake Palestinian refugee camp, one of several around Tyre and all of Lebanon. It is heartbreaking to know that these families cannot return to their homes, which once were beyond the nearby Israeli border only 20-30 minutes away. Instead, since 1948 they have had to live in this camp, which began...more
- swimming suit (bikini or any other)
- comfortable shoes for walking around (ruins, and sandy beach)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sun-screen, tanning lotion, after-sun (and basically anything sun-related)
Photo Equipment: Do get your camera..cause you'd love to take pictures of the ruins and the old port of tyre and the sunsets here.
There are tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Lebanon. As refugees, they are denied many of the rights afforded to other residents and citizens of Lebanon, including some of their mobility rights. Until 2011, they were even denied the right to work. Most Palestinians reside in refugee camps that have now become very...more
Qana is a shiite village in the south of Lebanon, 7 kilometres from Tyre, not too far from the Israeli border, set among lovely green valleys and mountains. It's supposed to be the place where Jesus performed his first miracle: converting water into wine at a wedding.Qana is also the site of the new genocide: on 18 April 1996 the Israeli army...more
The Tyr Race will take place on Sunday, June 4, 2006 and will encompass a Half Marathon distance (open to participants aged 16 and older), as well as a 5km race for participants aged 11 years and older.Start Time: 9.00 am sharpStarting and Finishing Points: Hippodrome of TyreYou have to fill in a registration form and submit it at one of the...more
Sour or Tyre is the place to spend the perfect day at the beach. Contrary to what you may hear about this city being a conservative place where you cannot wear a bikini, short skirts, etc.. Tyre is very open-minded when it comes to what you wear (believe me, I spent all my summers there and Im Lebanese). If you love sand, and sandy shores, then you...more
As soon as we arrived, we felt that Tyre was something else.. something different. Tyre (Sour in Arabic) is located in the south of Lebanon, about 20 kilometres far from the Israeli border... Far, but near enugh to be swamped by UN army troops. It surely makes you wonder if this city is entirely safe - within 5 minutes of our arrival something "big had happened": plenty police gathered outside a house, everyone is the neighbourhood came out to the streets - everyone talked, commented... the police left, the UN army guys arrived - sent everyone away - people weree puzzled.. so were we.
Fondest memory: The colourful souk (the best I found in Lebanon) - and the charming views in the Old Port. And then the wonderful archaeological sites, in particular area three. Imposing, amazingand... right in the middle of a Palestinian refugee camp. You may not recognise it by the look of it, but you surely will from the atmosphere: there's anger, pain and resignation in the air - a very vibrant place.