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cradle of civilisation

Tyr was the greatest Phoenician city-state. From here the Phoenicians sailed out for Carthage and founded their empire.
Herodotus visited Tyre during the 5th century BC and described the temple of Melkart (Heracles). The priests told hime that the temple was built 2.300 years before, when Tyre was founded, which dates Tyre back to 2.750 BC.
Originally Tyre consisted of two parts, an island city and the overspill on the mainland. Hiram, king of Tyre, connected the island and the mainland.
Flourishing maritime trade, colonies in the Mediterranenan, purple dye and glass industries made Tyre prosperous and wealthy.
Excavations have uncovered Phoenician, Graeco-Roman, Crusader, Byzantine and Arab remains.
The Greek alphabet and the name Europa originate from Tyre.
Since 1979 Tyre has been declared a World Heritage Site.

  • Last visit to Tyre: Apr 1995
  • Intro Updated Oct 10, 2003
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2014 at 5:46 AM

    Good page

    • sachara's Profile Photo
      Mar 9, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      Jim, nice you found my Tyre page. Thanks for rating.

  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2009 at 11:49 PM

    I would love to visit, in spite of the danger (war all the time)

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2007 at 4:30 AM

    I always find it interesting to read about places I know nothing about!

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2007 at 5:35 AM

    Nice page with good tips and pictures. I'd love to come and visit, but unfortunately its currently on the US State Depts No-Go List for US Residents as is the rest of Lebanon.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2006 at 8:13 AM

    Judging from the many impressive ancient ruins that you saw, I can see why Tyre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site! I always marvel at the engineering skills of the ancients.

  • prleprle's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2004 at 7:22 AM

    Very interesting place... I'm glad that I finally find something more about that historical place, thanks!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2004 at 1:10 PM

    Next great destination!

  • call_me_rhia's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2003 at 12:14 PM

    hopefully going soon.. and if i go i'll try not to miss the necropolis

  • shdw100's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2003 at 11:15 AM

    Who would have ever thought that purple dye would make a city so famous! Wonderful presentation!

  • titti's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2003 at 12:44 PM

    Tyre is a fantastic place. Did you meet the lighthouse owner?


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