A thriving modern town built upon multiple layers of ruins, Byblos is a mix of sophistication and tradition. A contender for the title of “oldest continuously inhabited city,” Byblos is part of the coastal area once known as Canaan or Phoenicia. The town of Rachana, south of Tripoli, is a “Museum Village” that comes to life with a modern sculpture made of wood, stone, granite, or metal. Last, Batroun is a coastal town and fishing village with ancient remains from the Hellenistic and Roman eras (e.g., a rock-cut theatre and quarry), when it was known as “Botrys.” One can also see medieval churches, a crusader castle, and souks.
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