Eddé Yard - Byblos Lebanon
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Byblos Destination  By  Mr. Roger Eddé
 
By Roger Eddé
 
Located on the Lebanese coast, Byblos, land of the Biblical cedars, has long been known as a stunning, albeit low-key, cultural destination.
Without much fanfare, this 7,400-year-old port, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world, has quietly harbored visible evidence of a myriad of buried cultures, layers of civilizations: Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Persian, Byzantine, Crusader, Ottoman - as well as of modern day Lebanon!
Once you set foot in Byblos, you feel history everywhere. It's in the air, in the light reflecting off of age-old stone buildings. It's in the water - look out from the ancient port and you can almost see the silhouette of a Phoenician ship sailing in from Alexandria, laden with gold from the Nile to exchange with purple dye meant for the vestiments of royalty or cedar wood for the temple of Solomon before setting off for other Mediterranean port-colonies.
The history is in the earth, in the still extant roads of communication and commerce which began here but eventually arrived in corners of the outer world as far-flung as the Americas, long before Columbus. The most magnificent of all the ancient Roman roads, the Via Appia, begins its Eastern path in the heart of Byblos.
Modern Byblos still carries the imprint of history. It is lined with the remains of ancient Roman passages and dotted with a Crusader castle. It is a peaceful haven, untainted by the recent wars of the Middle East; the Christian majority and the Muslim minority never clashed here.
Birthplace of the alphabet, survivor of two dozen civilizations of human culture, Byblos is common ground: regardless of where you are from, when you come to Byblos, you feel you have come home.
Mr. Roger Eddé - Byblos Destination