|UNESCO #295 - Historic Souk, Byblos - LEBANON|
Friday, July 11, 2014
Byblos - LEBANON - UNESCO #295
The last card Mazen sent me has the historic Souk of Byblos, the world oldest inhabited city (dating back 8800 years) and the cradle of modern writing (the Phoenician alphabet was the base for Roman alphabet, only with minor adaptations, that we use in all the western world). The Phoenician were also famous for their trade ships that sailed the entire Mediterranean Sea and part of the Atlantic Ocean - from Byblos came the best cedar wood do build them. Thank you so much Mazen, I really love your cards and learned a lot from your messages. You've been a major contribution to my UNESCO collection, that currently have 423 sites, only 584 to finish. This postcard took 14 days to arrive!
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 (on which humanity is still largely dependent today).