|UNESCO #299 - Roman Road and Colonnade, Tyre - LEBANON|
Friday, July 11, 2014
Tyre - LEBANON - UNESCO #299
My first cards from Lebanon arrived today! This has been a truly glorious week (4 new countries) and it ends with three spectacular postcards all showing World Heritage Sites, written, stamped and sent from Lebanon. The first one shows Tyre, located in south Lebanon, founded around 2750 BC and one of the most important ancient Mediterranean harbours. According to the scriptures, Jesus healed several people when he passed there. Thank you very much Mazen for the beautiful card and stamps. 421 UNESCO sites down, 586 to go. This postcard took 14 days to arrive!
Located on the southern coast of Lebanon, 83 km south of Beirut, the antique town of Tyre was the great Phoenician city that reigned over the seas and founded prosperous colonies such as Cadiz and Carthage. Tyre was directly associated with several stages in the history of humanity, including the production of purple pigment reserved for royalty and nobility, the construction in Jerusalem of the Temple of Solomon, thanks to the material and architect sent by the King Hiram of Tyre.