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Type of site: Cultural
Date: Neolithic times
Date of Inscription: 1984
Location: Middle East, Lebanon, Governorate of Mount Lebanon, City and district of Jbeil
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Description: Byblos, one of the oldest Phoenician cities, houses the ruins of countless successive civilizations. Having been inhabited since Neolithic times, the site has been strongly associated with the legends and history of the Mediterranean region for hundreds of centuries. The story and diffusion of the Phoenician alphabet is also directly linked with Byblos. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Byblos (βύβλος) is the Greek name of the Phoenician city Gebal (earlier Gubla). It is a Mediterranean city in the Mount Lebanon Governorate of present-day Lebanon under the current Arabic name of Jbeil (جبيل Ǧubayl) and was also referred to as Gibelet during the Crusades. It is believed to have been founded around 5000 BC, and according to fragments attributed to the semi-legendary pre-Trojan war Phoenician historian Sanchuniathon, it was the first city ever built, and even today is believed by many to be the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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