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Byblos, Lebanon

Byblos Castle Ruins

I visited Byblos earlier this month for an architectural accreditation visit for the Lebanese American University. Byblos is 26 miles north of Beirut and is said to be oldest continually inhabited city in the world. It was first settled in 8,800 to 7,000 BC. The castle was constructed by the crusaders from Italy in the 12th Century. They used the stones from Phoenician and Roman buildings on site.

                                                                                 These are the foundations of the Phoenician houses between the castle and the sea. The wall to the right was built by the crusaders.

The crusaders used the stones from existing buildings to make the castle. The round ones are cut up columns. The white stones are  Italian marble from Roman Temples and the worn limestone is local from Phoenician buildings.

                                                                               There is a lot of marble on the tower. The castle was buried about two thirds up when they started the excavations in 1921.

The Romans built the amphitheater in third century.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Byblos Souk

                                                                                                                                                                                    Roman ruins at the port in Byblos