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"The Necropolis" Top 5 Page for this destination Tyre Things to Do Tip by MM212

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  Entrance to the Necropolis - March 2005
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  • Entrance to the Necropolis - March 2005 - Tyre
      Entrance to the Necropolis - March 2005
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  • Sarcophagus with Cherubs - March 2005 - Tyre
      Sarcophagus with Cherubs - March 2005
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  • Burial chambers, Ionic pillars - March 2005 - Tyre
      Burial chambers, Ionic pillars - March 2005
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  • Sarcophagus - March 2005 - Tyre
      Sarcophagus - March 2005
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  • Greek Inscriptions - March 2005 - Tyre
      Greek Inscriptions - March 2005
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As was typical in Roman cities, the Necropolis of Tyre was located just outside the city limits, on both sides of the long road leading to the Monumental Arch. This particular necropolis is vast, and served as a burial ground during the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods, from the 2nd century BC to the 6th century AD. It contains an incredibly large number of tombs covering the entire period, though most date from the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. The site was excavated in the 1960's to reveal the abundance of marble and stone sarcophagi, many of which were decorated with beautiful carvings and Greek inscriptions. Within the necropolis are the ruins of many structures, with stunning mosaics and marble floors, probably belonging to elaborate burial chambers. Lovers of archeological ruins will take great pleasure in walking around the tombs and the burial chambers and examining every detail. The Necropolis is located at al-Bass Archeological Area 3, immediately past the ticket booth as one enters the site. Its entrance is marked by an arch which was probably added during a later period.

For more photos the Necropolis and its sarcophagi, check out the travelogue: "Sarcophagi of the Roman Necropolis."

Address: al-Bass Archaeological Site - Area 3

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