The Ruins of Byblos, An Ancient Playground for the Affluent

In 2010, the New York Times declared that Byblos (aka Jbeil), Lebanon was “witnessing a rebirth of sorts.” The publication went on to say, “If Beirut is the Paris of the Middle East, as the cliché goes, then Byblos, some 22 miles up the coastline, is its Cannes: an ancient port framed by pre-Roman ruins, white sandy beaches and cedar-topped mountains.” That’s a pretty bold comparison for a city with only 1.9 square miles to its name.

Six years later though, unless you’re an avid traveler, you may still know little about the over 7,000-year-old town. To fully understand its growth and importance, you need to take a step back and see where it has come from in its many, many years of existence. The coastal town is one of the world’s oldest and is located 24 miles north of Beirut along sandstone cliffs and began as a small fishing village built by Phoenicians. Since the Neolithic times, it has been consistently inhabited by many different civilizations and following the Bronze Age has provided one of the primary examples of urban organization in the Mediterranean world. Plus, it is directly associated with the history and diffusion of the Phoenician alphabet.

Nicolle Monico

Nicolle is an award-winning writer and Travel Editor using her expertise in the industry to write about luxury travel around the world. You can find her daily searching the web for the latest trends, best new hotels and most beautiful destinations to visit and share with her readers. She's been featured on The Huffington Post, Hard Assets, AMD Entertainment and Remy Martin. In 2014, she was vo...(Read More)

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