About Tyre

"  Tyre, Pearl of the Mediterranean
                     Queen of the seas....   "
Tyre

About 82 Km south of Beirut, Tyre is the queen of the seas and the fourth largest city in Lebanon. It was an island in past ages celebrated for its beauty. Tyre emerges today from the debris of centuries. Excavation on the site have uncovered remains of the crusader, arab, byzantine and Greco roman cities
Must See in Tyre:

Qana of Galilee: Qana El Jalil

This is the village where Christ is reported to have turned water into wine at a wedding party. A cave and carvings on the rocks near the cave are evidence suggesting that the event took place here, although it is a matter of scholarly debate. The Ministry of Tourism recently refurbished the site

Tomb of Hiram: Qabr Hiram

King Hiram ruled the city of Tyre for 34 years beginning in 969 BC. He is credited with fostering Tyre’s development as a major center of commerce and trade. King Hiram established relations with King Solomon of Israel, and their friendly rivalry was famous, especially their exchange of riddles for the other to solve. King Hiram is said to be buried in a 6m high limestone tomb with a pyramid shaped top. The site of the tomb is located near the village of Qana

Tyre Archaeological Sites

Tyre is famous for its spectacular Roman ruins, which have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With over 5,000 years of history, Tyre also contains remnants of Egyptian, Assyrian, Phoenician, Greek, Byzantine, Arab, and Ottoman civilizations. The ruins are spread over three sites. The Al-Mina Site (Area 1), located near the sea in the city, includes a long colonnaded road with Byzantine-era mosaics, an unusual rectangular Roman pool, and an extensive Roman bathhouse complex. A short distance north is Area 2, with the ruins of a 12th century Crusader cathedral. The Al-Bass Site (Area 3), a 20-30 minute walk east of the other sites, contains the most impressive ruins. Highlights include a monumental stone archway, aqueducts lining an ancient Roman road, a massive Roman and Byzantine necropolis, and the largest and best-preserved Roman hippodrome in the world

Tyre Coastal Nature Reserve

Established in 1998, the 380-hectare Tyre Coastal Nature Reserve encompasses a variety of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and one of the most beautiful and scenic sandy beaches in Lebanon. The pools of Ras el-Ain, used since Phoenician time, create small areas of marshland that serve as a freshwater habitat. A great variety of birds can be found in the reserve, and its sandy beaches are an important nesting site for endangered sea turtles. Hiking along the sea shore is possible


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