Mar 13 2008

The ancient city of Tyre

Published by at 10:06 am under Historical sites,The south

In addition to Beirut, there are three other main coastal cities in Lebanon: Tripoli, Sidon and Tyre.  Each of these have a wealth of history and were previously capital cities for the Phoenecian empire, as well as major cities for the ancient Greeks, Romans and others.

Tyre is in the southern end of Lebanon and only about 20km from Israel. These days it is almost exclusively Shiite and is the main city in the UN mandated buffer zone established between Israel and Hizballah after the 2006 summer war.

Politics aside, Tyre is a rather quaint city with extraordinary history on display.  The security situation has all but killed the tourism trade, such that the only visitors to the area are international peacekeepers assigned to UNIFIL.  This is a shame as there’s plenty of Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Phoenecian and Crusader ruins worthy of exploration, and it has the cleanest beaches and water in Lebanon.

While visiting Tyre for work yesterday I had a bit of spare time, so I took the opportunity to explore some of the ruins at the ancient port.  The weather was absolutely glorious – the sun was glinting off the crystal waters of the Med and there was none of Beirut’s dirtiness in the air.   I took a work contact out for lunch and I must say that it was pretty hard sitting in an open air cafe eating decent pizza, drinking Al Mazza beer and enjoying the view over the Med…

Colonnaded road Crusader cross markings Columns and columns And more columns

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