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Byblos (Jbail)

Byblos (Jbail) - An excursion in Beirut, Lebanon
Byblos is the Greek name of the Phoenician city Gebal, a Mediterranean city under the current Arabic name of Jbeil. Byblos/Jbail is located on the coast 42 kilometers north of Beirut. With its picturesque ancient fishing harbour, Roman remains, Crusader castle and beautifully restored market, it makes a wonderful excursion. Historians estimate the foundation of the city to around 5000 BC. It is believed by many to be the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It was named Byblos by the Greeks, because they imported papyrus (bublos; Egyptian papyrus) into Greece from here. It is also known as the birthplace of the modern alphabet. Archaeological evidence from around 1200 BC shows a Phoenician alphabetic script of twenty-two characters. Among the archeological remains, you will find the Great Temple and the Temple of Baalat Gebal, both built 2700 BC, and the Temple of the Obelisks built around 1600 BC. The city was subject to Assyrian, Phoenician and Persian rule before the arrival of Alexander the Great in 332 BC. During the Greco-Roman period, Byblos was a centre for the cult of Adonis. Today, Byblos (Jbeil) remains one of Lebanon's biggest tourist attractions, mainly because of its rich history and scenic mountains overlooking the sea. Back in the more glamorous days of the ’60s, Byblos was a favorite spot for visiting yachts, international celebrities, and the Mediterranean jet set. These days, visitors are more low-key and come to wander around the ruins and the old quarters, and enjoy a seafood feast in the old harbor. You can easily reach Byblos by service taxi or bus from Beirut. You can also take an express bus heading for Tripoli from Charles Helou in Beirut (around 50 minutes) and ask the driver to stop at Jbail. Minibuses leave from Dawra and travel regularly along the coast road between Beirut and Byblos, stopping on Rue Jbail. It’s a scenic and pleasant trip if the traffic permits.

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