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“Great Roman ruins”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Tyre

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Tyre, Sidon and Maghdouche Day Trip from Beirut
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Owner description: The impressive ruins of a great Phoenician city.
Montreal, QC
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“Great Roman ruins”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

Al-Bass is a large archeological site with many sarcophagi, columns and remains of the ancient hippodrome (for chariot races). Like most government-run sites the entrance fee was modest, much was strewn around and you could wander and climb on anything you wanted. The washrooms were being constructed/renovated and were not great though we were glad they were there. We spend 2 hours there and then viewed the al-Mina sight with its Roman Road columns from outside and walked along part of the coast. There was a narrow road where our driver got stuck on for a while. It's in the UN zone but we didn't experience any problems.

Visited August 2012
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Beirut, Lebanon
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“Biggest Roman Hippodrome + Best Beach in Lebanon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

Tyre (sour) is a lebanese city south of Lebanon, 80 km from Beirut (1h 30min drive).
It is one of the best places to visit in Lebanon. It has impressive ruins, located in 2 sites in the city.
El Bass is the site where the Roman hippodrome is located, it is really impressive ! The other site is just on the sea, where you can enjoy tens of roman columns and the mediterranean in the background. you could spend hours exploring the ruins if you love history and archeology.
The other attraction in Tyre is the Beach, clean beach stretching 4 km with crystal water. There are plenty of kiosques nearby where you can by drinks and food. The best one is cloud 59 located at the end.
You can also enjoy a visit to the old city of Tyre where you can wander in the streets, interact with locals...

Visited July 2012
4 Thank Charbelbousaba
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Beirut, Lebanon
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“Great little escape”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012

A short drive from Beirut, two amazing archaeological sites, awesome public beach, great fish restaurants. Be careful with touristy looking places though.

Visited June 2012
1 Thank MazenKh
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Berlin, Germany
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“A visit worth”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2012

We stayed 2 days in Tyre and visited the archeological site. Al Bass is a huge Archeological Site which took us more than 2 hours to discover. There is a old Roman road, an archway and old ornate stones with sacrophagis. The best thing we found was the hippodrome where you can very well imagine how the chariot races took place. We have seen a lot of ancient Romanian sites, but Al Bass was by far one of the most impressive for us.
Further, the city has a little souck and two sides of the sea as it is on a land tongue. The city is really worth to be visited.

Visited May 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“More ancient ruins.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2012

Tyre or as the Lebanese call it Sour (pronounced Soor) is a large and most Southern City in Lebanon, Tyre was a major Phoenician seaport from about 2000 BC onwards through the Roman period.The silted up harbor on the south side of the peninsula has been excavated by the French Institute for Archaeology in the Near East, but most of the remains of the Phoenician period still lie beneath the present town.
Tyre was built in ancient times on a small rocky island near the coast. In the 10th century BC, King Kiram of Tyre constructed two ports and a temple on the mainland sector of the city. This was the era when the famous industries of Phoenician glass and purple dye were developed.The ancient ruins are well spread in this area and Granite Columns still stand tall, although a bit worst for wear but you can still get an idea of how the old city was built, You can still see some of the wonderful floor tiles in some areas and most of the Sea Castle is still standing. Tyre is about 80Km from Beirut and well worth the drive.

Visited April 2012
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