Tyre

Jutting out from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Tyre an ancient Phoenician city in southern Lebanon is located about 80 kilometers from the Capital Beirut and 20 miles from south of Sidon.

In ancient times it was a central Phoenician city, amassing great wealth and power from the export of purple dye.
Tyre offers visitors an impressive array of excavated ancient ruins, which are spread across the archaeological areas.

Tyre sights include the remains of a Roman necropolis with several freestanding stone tombs, a Roman triumphal arch, bathhouse and a Byzantine mosaic floor from an ancient church. Tyre is an ancient Phoenician city and the legendary birthplace of Europa and Elissa.

Today it is the fourth largest city in Lebanon and houses one of the nation's major ports. 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. Tyre is also prominently featured in the Shakespeare’s play “Pericles, prince of Tyre” in addition to the Old Testament.

Today, Tyre (Sur) is a popular stop for tourists due to its ancient ruins. It was added to UNESCO's World Heritage list in 1984.

 
   
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