In the first post I gave general idea of my impressions from Beirut, Lebanon, trying to cover its multicultural image. The key point to highlight was the coexistence, very often not so easy, of different cultures, ethnicities and of course religions. Notwithstanding the differences and variety of religions there is still mutual respect for being of this or the other identity. And this is because these are mostly not just claimed identities but real, life-defining structure of principles and value systems...
Let's move on now and head to Byblos, also known as Jbeil. It is located on the shores of the Mediterranean see and is quite famous for being the hub of several civilizations, cultures, rulers, invaders, robbers, as well as researchers, archaeologists and scientists.
And if you have heard of the Phoenician Alphabet then here it goes:
Below is the Byblos Castle that had important defense structure and purpose. The circled area in red color shows the height to which the whole area was covered by sand until French archaeologists Ernest Renan, Pierre Montet and Maurice Dunand conducted wide-scale excavations and gave new life to the site... read more...
Now photos of sarcophagus found in the area, as well as of a Roman theater found nearby:
This seems to be all about Byblos and I will complete the post with the photo of mine next to a column and an overall landscape :)