Temple of Resheph


This temple dates from the 3rd millennium BC and is thought to have been burned down during the Amorite invasions. It was then replaced with the Temple of the Obelisks which now lies nearby. Its association with Resheph is based on an inscription but is far from definitive.

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1. King's Spring

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Used at least as far back as the Neolithic period, this spring supplied the city with water until the end of the Hellenistic era (and where, according to…

2. Obelisk Temple

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Remains of the early 2nd millennium BC Obelisk Temple have 1500 gold-covered votive offerings in the shape of human figures, which were discovered here in…

3. Temple of Baalat Gebal

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The site's oldest temple dates back to the early 3rd millennium BC and was dedicated to the goddess of the city. Destroyed by the Amorites, it was…

4. Crusader Castle

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A restored 12th-century Crusader castle surrounded by a 10m-wide dry moat is located just inside the entrance to Byblos' atmospheric archaeological site…

5. Early Settlements

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Head to the archaeological complex's most modern building – a rather lovely 19th-century house – to inspect its oldest. Just south of the house, you can…

6. City Ramparts

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You can begin your tour here by turning left to explore the ruins, which include the remains of city ramparts dating from the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC.

7. Royal Tombs

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These nine tombs were cut in impressive vertical shafts deep into the rock in the 2nd millennium BC and discovered after a landslip. Some of the…

8. Roman Theatre


To get access to earlier temples beneath it, this 3rd-century AD Roman theatre was moved and reconstructed by the sea cliff in the 1930s. It's one-third…