The ancient Phoenician sea wall was originally a natural structure composed of petrified sand dunes. It was reinforced gradually by the Phoenicians with rocks, and the wall as it stands today took its present shape in the first century BC. The Phoenicians used this wall as protection against sea storms and invaders, while during Roman times it again functioned as a quarry.
The wall is 225 meters long and 1 to 1.5 meters thick. Parts of it have crumbled, but what remains still stands as a bulwark against the sea for the residents of the ancient city, itself a charming destination for a leisurely stroll through the labyrinthian residential alleys.
An anti-government demonstrator jumps on tires that were set on fire to block a main highway as he holds a national flag, during a protest in the town of Jal el-Dib, north of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.
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Byblos, modern Jbail, also spelled Jubayl, or Jebeil, biblical Gebal, ancient seaport, the site of which is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, about 22 miles (37 km) north of the modern city of Beirut, Lebanon. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited towns in the world. The name Byblos is Greek; papyrus received its early Greek name (byblos, byblinos) from its being exported to the Aegean through Byblos. Hence the English word Bible is derived from byblos as “the (papyrus) book.”
. تعد جبيل من أقدم المدن المسكونة في العالم تقع على بعد 37 كيلومتر إلى الشمال من بيروت، وعلى البحر الأبيض المتوسط وتعتبر من أشهر المواقع الأثرية في المنطقة ومن أقدم المدن في العالم ومن بين المواقع القليلة التي استمرّ عمرها منذ إنشائها حتى اليوم.
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