Walking Around in Byblos
A Unesco World Heritage site, Byblos is known as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, since 5000 BC.
Byblos, or Jubeil in Arabic, is believed to be the first city to be built in Phoenicia, by Cronus himself, the father of Zeus. The name Byblos, or Biblinos, however, is initially Greek, and refers to the Papyrus that was exported to the Aegean through the city of Byblos.
It is also believed that Byblos is the origin of the world’s first phonemic alphabet, the Phoenician script, which was the ancestor of modern alphabets, including Arabic, Greek, Latin, Cyrillic and Hebrew.
Located some 42 km north of Beirut, Byblos now is home to many prestigious resorts, residence complexes, leisure and touristic attractions (like the old souk, the Phoenician port and castle, many cathedrals, restaurants, pubs, parks, etc…). It remains as one of Lebanon’s major tourist sites due to its rich history, beautiful authentic architecture and picturesque mountains overlooking the Mediterranean.
You can also check out my review of the Locanda A La Granda, a beautiful Lebanese restaurant in Byblos.