Byblos, Lebanon

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Byblos is oldest continuously living city in the world. This is the city where the first alphabet was created.

Byblos is inscribed into the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage List in 1984.

Byblos is a testimony to a history of uninterrupted construction from the first settlement by a community of fishermen dating back 8000 years, through the first town buildings, the monumental temples of the Bronze Age, to the Persian fortifications, the Roman road, Byzantine churches, the Crusade citadel and the Medieval and Ottoman town. Byblos is also directly associated with the history and diffusion of the Phoenician alphabet. The origin of our contemporary alphabet was discovered in Byblos with the most ancient Phoenician inscription carved on the sarcophagus of Ahiram.” – UNESCO

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