Medusa's tomb - Tyre - صور

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Tyre is an ancient Phoenician city and the legendary birthplace of Europa and Elissa. Tyre was founded around 2750 BC according to Herodotus and was originally built as a walled city upon the mainland. Its name appears on monuments as early as 1300 BC. The city of Tyre was particularly known for the production of a rare and extraordinarily expensive sort of purple dye, produced from the murex shellfish, known as Tyrian purple. This color was, in many cultures of ancient times, reserved for the use of royalty, or at least nobility. Tyre is the southernmost city of Lebanon. It is an old city that became very rich from it's trading industry. Many civilizations over the years longed to take over Tyre, Alexander the Great was the first to take hold of it after laying siege to it for 7 months. Tyre has many marks of its eclectic past, but some of the most outstanding are the scads of Roman ruins across the city. In Tyre you will find the ruins of a Roman city that was home to a market, a boxing/wrestling arena, a public bath, a glass factory, and a shipyard.
A couple of decades ago archaeologists excavated the tomb of Medusa there, hidden in a hillside.
Tyre also has the ruins of the largest Necropolis in the world. A Necropolis was a 'city of death,' essentially a graveyard, in ancient Rome. Today you can visit the necropolis, climb on a few sarcophagi, and even take some pictures with all of the bones lying around. The Necropolis is a maze of sarcophagi and crypts. In the Necropolis there is an Arc of Triumph, a tribute from the Tyrans to there Roman Emperor in 2nd century BC.

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Antoine Jasser on February 12, 2012

Many thanks dear friend Enzo for your visit and comment.

Richard Ryer on February 19, 2012

Greetings Antoine, Very interesting. Medusa has a great view. Cheers, Rich

Antoine Jasser on February 20, 2012

Indeed dear friend Rich. Your visit and comment are really appreciated.

Ricardo Filho on March 10, 2012

Very good photo


Best wishes,


Antoine Jasser on March 11, 2012

Many thanks dear friend Ricardo for your visit. Your comment and like are well appreciated.

Antoine Jasser on March 13, 2012

Many thanks dear friend Annemarie131 for your visit. Your very nice comment and your like are very much appreciated.

Thanasis Germanos on April 4, 2012

It's a very nice picture . LIKE9 Greetings and best wishes Thanasis

乾龍 on April 6, 2012

Very nice shot

I like

Best wishes from Taiwan


Antoine Jasser on April 7, 2012

Many thanks dear friends
for your visits and nice comments.
Your likes are very much appreciated.

Georgi Todorov on May 7, 2012

Beautiful composition!LIKE

Antoine Jasser on May 9, 2012

Many thanks dear friend Georgi for your visits and nice comments.
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Albrecht H. on June 9, 2012

Very nice picture!! LIKE 12

My best wishes - A.

Antoine Jasser on June 10, 2012

Many thanks dear friend Albrecht for your visits and nice comments.
Your likes are very much appreciated!

Jawed Hasan on June 30, 2012

Very nice shot
greetings, Jawed

Antoine Jasser on July 3, 2012

Many thanks dear friend Jawed for your visits and nice comments. Your likes are very much appreciated!

Kostia Semytskyi on July 4, 2012

Beautiful photo! Like 14.
Greeting from Ukraine. Kostia

Antoine Jasser on July 4, 2012

Many thanks dear friend Kostia for your visit and nice comment. Your like is very much appreciated!

Ana María Ossorio Ló… on August 5, 2012

Wonderful capture of this historicaol place--like--AnaM

Antoine Jasser on August 7, 2012

Many thanks dear friend AnaM for your visits and nice comments.
Your likes are very much appreciated!

acusticalennon on September 3, 2012

Bonita imagen, Like+Fav, saludos cordiales

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  • Uploaded on October 17, 2011
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    by Antoine Jasser
    • Camera: CASIO QV-3500EX
    • Taken on 2002/09/13 15:07:22
    • Exposure: 0.002s
    • Focal Length: 7.13mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash