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Byblos

One of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world, Byblos is a rare gem among archeological sites. Excavations show that it dates back to the 6th millennium BC. Its ancient inhabitants did not call it Byblos, but rather "Gubla" and later "Gebal." Around 1200 BC, the Greeks gave the city the name Byblos, which is Greek for "Papyrus," since it was famous for its papyrus trade. 


 

Winner of the Golden Apple award for excellence in tourism in 2014, Byblos (Jbeil in Arabic) is today a very charming city distinguished for its gorgeous ancient harbor, seaside fish restaurants, ancient souks, and charming residential neighborhoods, which date back to the Middle Ages, as well as an absolutely enormous wealth of historic sites and ruins.


 

Byblos was chosen as the Arab capital of tourism for the year 2016 by the Arab Council of Tourism.

 

Getting there:

The city is 37 kilometers (23 miles) north of Beirut and can easily be reached by busses that depart from Cola, in Beirut. Two roads will take you there; either the Beirut Tripoli highway, or the old coastal road, which is closer to the shore. The bus may take either one, depending on traffic, and, naturally, if you go by car, the choice is yours.

Byblos (Jbeil) District Mount Lebanon Autumn Spring Summer Winter

Things to do

Wax Museum

The Historic Wax Museum in Byblos has been taking visitors on figurine tours of Lebanese history since it opened its doors in 1970. Revisit moments...

The Two Defense Towers

Built by the Crusaders at the port of Byblos to protect its entrance, a chain was once strung between them as an additional defense measure. Today,...

The Fossils Museum

Located at the center of Byblos souk near the archeological site, this museum exhibits a collection of million-year-old fossilized fish, animals and...

The Crusader Castle

Built by the Crusaders in the 12th century over the remains of Roman structures, Byblos castle is an immense and formidable testament to the city’s...

Pépé Abed Museum

Local legend Youssef Abed started a double tourist venture in 1962 by opening his own museum adjacent to a seafood restaurant he owns called the...

Medieval City Wall

The old medieval part of Byblos is surrounded by a huge stone wall the Crusaders built at the beginning of the 12th century, which they braced with...

Mar Yuhanna Marcus Church (St. John Mark Church)

Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Mar Yuhanna Marcus Church was initially dedicated to Saint John, the Baptist. A semi-circular cupola was later...

Louis Cardahi Foundation & Museum

This cultural and museographic center focuses on the history of Byblos. It’s located in a traditional house south of the Cathedral of St. John the...