Our first trip in Lebanon was to Byblos, billed as the "oldest city in the world in continuous existence." Located about 45 minutes north of Beirut, the city has witnessed every group to inhabit this region: stone age dwellers, the Phoenicians, Amorites, Hittites, Egyptians, Persians, Macedonians, Greeks, Romans, Ottoman Turks, and, most recently, the French. The name itself is a variant of papyrus and Byblos was a great information center. It is from this name for written documents that the Bible gets its name. It is located on one of the few natural harbors on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean. We have used Google Expeditions to create a virtual tour of the historic highlights of this harbor town.
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