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Byblos was the first Phoenecian city to be built and is the oldest continuously-inhabited port city in the world. There is evidence that there was a Neolithic settlement here more than 7,000 years ago. Only the inland cities of Damascus and Aleppo are older. Byblos is the Greek word for papyrus, and this was the main port handling the import of papyrus from ancient Egypt.

In the 1960s wealthy jet-setters, like Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Bridgitte Bardot, used to come here in their yachts.

It has a pretty harbour, Bronze Age ruins, a Roman theatre and a Crusader castle. Unfortunately, when I was there, the Israelis had just bombed a nearby oil installation, so there was an ugly oil slick in the harbour and the hulls of all of the boats were covered with black tar.

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