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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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Comments (176)

Antoine Jasser on February 15, 2013

Many thanks dear friend Kastl for your visit and nice comment.
Your like 36 and favorite 16 are very much appreciated!

Pan Kartsonakis on February 24, 2013

Very interesting photo!!! ..……..Thanks for sharing.....……...……..…I LIKE ..37 and FAVORITE……..………….Greetings from HELLAS(GREECE)

Antoine Jasser on February 24, 2013

Many thanks dear friend kartson for your visit and nice comment.
Your like 37 and favorite 17 are very much appreciated!

Ijaz Ahmad Mughal on February 28, 2013

Very nice composition and landscape!,Like ,,,Best greetings from Ijaz Ahmad

elakramine on February 28, 2013

YSL , dear Jasser !!!!!

Best regards, elakramine

Antoine Jasser on February 28, 2013

Many thanks dear friend اعجاز احمد مغل for your visit and nice comment.
Your Like 38 is very much appreciated!

Antoine Jasser on February 28, 2013

Many thanks dear friend elakramine for your visit and nice comment.
Your Like 39 and Favorite 18 are very much appreciated!

Giorgos Dimitriadis on March 9, 2013

Very well composed,YsL 19/40 Best regards,George

Antoni F. on March 9, 2013

tomb with view..... excellent composed, lk and star

Antoine Jasser on March 10, 2013

Many thanks dear friend George for your visit and nice comment.
Your Like 40 and Favorite 19 are very much appreciated!

Antoine Jasser on March 10, 2013

Many thanks dear friend Antoni for your visit and nice comment.
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~☂λVλNT☂~ on March 11, 2013

Un lugar muy interesante....

LIKE 42

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Antoine Jasser on March 11, 2013

Many thanks dear friend ~☂λVλNT☂~ for your visit and nice comment.
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Spiros_PT on March 15, 2013

historic interest picture!

Antoine Jasser on March 15, 2013

Many thanks dear friend mavis_spiros for your visit and nice comment.

Gori Bau on March 24, 2013

very interesting site => LIKE => best regards from Italy, Fabrizio.

vinc107 on March 24, 2013

joli tombeau romain

très intéressant

iLIKE++

Antoine Jasser on March 25, 2013

Many thanks dear friend Fabrizio for your visit and nice comment.
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Antoine Jasser on March 25, 2013

Many thanks dear friend vinc107 for your visit and nice comment.
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蒂芙尼.林 on April 11, 2013

Great & wonderful and fabulous shapshot & good composition on colour setting. YS:21 + LIKE:45

congratulation and have a nice day for you Antoine Jasser

best regards from tiffany Liem

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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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