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 September 3, 2012

Many thanks dear friend acusticalennon for your visits and nice comments.
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Antoine Jasser on September 15, 2012

Many thanks dear friend Echeveria for your visits and nice comments.
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Valentine Verchenko on September 16, 2012

Nice capture

FAVORITES & LIKE! Friendly greetings. Valentine

Antoine Jasser on September 17, 2012

Many thanks dear friend Valentine for your visits and nice comments.
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Carlos Kist on September 29, 2012

Great place, Like 19 +YS 4.Best wishes.Carlos

Antoine Jasser on September 30, 2012

Many thanks dear friend Carlos for your visits and nice comments.
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Kalin Ranchev on October 2, 2012

Very interesting historical place, nice colors, excellent composition!!!

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Kalin

Antoine Jasser on October 3, 2012

Many thanks dear friend Kalin for your visits and nice comments.
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Slavа on October 18, 2012

Excellent composition.

Very interesting photo!

LIKE 21 + FAV 6!!!

Antoine Jasser on October 18, 2012

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Goldfoto on October 20, 2012

Historic great location...well taken Antoine...like22+f7...Many Greetings to the weekend and best wishes from Germany!

Antoine Jasser on October 21, 2012

Many thanks dear friend Goldfoto for your visits and nice comments.
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Koutoudis Grigoris on October 21, 2012

BEAUTIFUL COMPOSITION!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LIKE AND FAVORITE

WARM GREETINGS FROM GREECE

GRIGORIS

Antoine Jasser on October 21, 2012

Many thanks dear friend GRIGORIS for your visits and nice comments. Your Like 23 and your Favorite 8 are very much appreciated!

Giannis Korilis on November 1, 2012

Very interesting composition and beautiful picture!* ...LΙΚΕ...*Greetings pappous

Antoine Jasser on November 2, 2012

Many thanks dear friend pappous for your visits and nice comments.
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Ferlancor Pano Yes on November 15, 2012

A fantastic capture; splendid scenery bathed by lovely color and light; magnificent artistic tomb and wonderful picture.

like 25 and F 9.

Thanks for your visit, comment and F+L.

Greetings from Spain.

Fernando

Antoine Jasser on November 16, 2012

Many thanks dear friend Fernando for your visits and nice comments.
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Nyx Ning on November 26, 2012

令人印象深刻的镜头.喜欢.收藏.

Buts Yuri on November 26, 2012

Interesting photo! LIKE-27! Many greetings, Buts_YV

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  • Uploaded on October 17, 2011
  • Attribution-No Derivative Works
    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

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