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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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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

Antoine Jasser on November 27, 2012

Many thanks dear friend nyxaaa for your visits and nice comments.
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Antoine Jasser on November 27, 2012

Many thanks dear friend Yuri for your visits and nice comments.
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idahodon on November 28, 2012

Excellent composition! L+F! Kindest greetings, Don.

Antoine Jasser on November 29, 2012

Many thanks dear friend Don for your visits and nice comments.
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Sławek K. on December 3, 2012

Excellent shot with beautiful colors! YSL! Greetings from Ukraine

Antoine Jasser on December 4, 2012

Many thanks dear friend Waclaw for your visits and nice comments.
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Eduardosco Chavez on January 5, 2013

Un lugar muy interesante

¡me gusta!

Antoine Jasser on January 6, 2013

Many thanks dear friend eduardosco for your visits and nice comments.
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I Like this very nice photo !!

Greetings and best wishes from Greece-Piraeus.

Nikos1954.

Georgi B. Todorov on January 16, 2013

Interesting place!LIKE+YS

Antoine Jasser on January 16, 2013

Many thanks dear friend NIKOS1954 for your visit and nice comment.
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Antoine Jasser on January 16, 2013

Many thanks dear friend Georgi for your visit and nice comment.
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Antoine Jasser on January 22, 2013

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Marcello Caponnetto on January 23, 2013

Wonderful work and image! Thank you for visiting my gallery.
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Antoine Jasser on January 23, 2013

Many thanks dear friend james2012 for your visits and nice comments.
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febrok korbef on February 4, 2013

A beautiful historic place. Fascinating sight. Y* & L

Greetings febrok

Antoine Jasser on February 4, 2013

Many thanks dear friend febrok for your visit and nice comment.
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leo1383 on February 11, 2013

Like, well taken, very nice picture and place, greetings Leo

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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

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