The ruins of many successive civilizations are found at Byblos, one of the oldest Phoenician cities. Inhabited since Neolithic times, it has been closely linked to the legends and history of the Mediterranean region for thousands of years. Byblos is also directly associated with the history and diffusion of the Phoenician alphabet.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|iii||To bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.||All|
|iv||To be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.||All|
|vi||To be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria).||All|
|Byblos Archaeological Site||2018||0.2km||site_ao|
|Beirut’s Grudge House||2017||29.4km||site_ao|
|Tower of Claudius||2017||19.5km||site_ao|
|Clarisses Sisters Unity Chapel||32.5km||site_brutalism|
|Ministry of Defense||1962||32.1km||site_brutalism|
|Our Lady of the Fortress Basilica (Saydet el Hosn)||34.7km||site_brutalism|
|Dr. Melki Hospital||39.9km||site_brutalism|
|Ouadi Qadisha (the Holy Valley) and the Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab)||1998||39.4km||site_whs|
|Which are the oldest cities in the world?||2020||28.5km||post|
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