Al Bass Archaeological Site

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Al Bass archaeological site in Tyre, Lebanon. It is located about 80 km south of Beirut. Tyre has led to its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.; Shutterstock ID 642160963; Your name (First / Last): Lauren Keith; GL account no.: 65050; Netsuite department name: Online Editorial; Full Product or Project name including edition: Destination page image update

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This sprawling site lies 2km east of the centre, entered off the highway. Just past the entrance is a vast funerary complex, with hundreds of ornate sarcophagi and tombs, several still filled with bones. Next to it, a well-preserved Roman road stretches through an impressive 20m-high monumental archway, probably dating from Hadrian's 2nd-century-AD reign. Beyond it is a large and well preserved Roman hippodrome built in the 2nd century AD; this once held more than 20,000 spectators.

The site's museum is under gradual restoration, but don't expect it to open any time soon.