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Sidon, Lebanon: Photos & Images

Religion, History, Culture of Sidon, Ancient Phoenician City of Modern Lebanon

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Sidon (Zidon, Saida, "fishery") is the third-largest city in Lebanon. Located 48 km south of Beirut, Sidon was one of the most famous cities of the ancient world but today it is one of the least well known - its archaeological relics have either been stolen and scattered or covered over by modern construction. There is evidence of human settlement at least as early as 4000 BCE and possibly going back to 6000 BCE.

Archaeological evidence indicates that Sidon was abandoned during the Middle Bronze Age and only repopulated during the Late Bronze Age. Much the same has been found at other Phoenician costal sites, like Tyre, but the reason for this is unknown. Also like other Phoenician costal cities, Sidon was frequently targeted by larger regional powers for both its trade wealth and its strategic location. It fell under the influence of Egyptian rulers starting in 1450 BCE, then under Assyrian domination around 900 BCE. After 539 BCE Persians had control of the region.

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Sidon at Night: 1911 Illustration of Sidon, Lebanon at NightSidon at Night: 1911Sidon, Lebanon: Late 19th century Illustration of Sidon, Lebanon, Showing the Ancient FortificationsSidon's Ancient FortificationsSidon, Lebanon: Late 19th century Illustration of Sidon, Lebanon with Sea CastleIllustration of Sidon's Sea CastleSidon, Lebanon: Photograph c. 1920s of Sidon, Lebanon Showing the Sidon FortificatgionsPhoto of Sidon, Lebanon, c. 1920s
Sidon Sarcophagus: Illustration of the Sarcophagus of Eshmunazar II Found Near Sidon, LebanonSarcophagus of Eshmunazar II Found Near Sidon, LebanonAstarte, Phoenician Goddess: Statue of Astarte, Phoenician Goddess found near Beirut, LebanonStatue of Astarte, found near Beirut, LebanonSidon Sea Castle: Photograph of the Crusader Sea Castle, Off Shore of Sidon, LebanonSidon's Crusader Sea CastleSidon, Lebanon: Late 19th Century Illustration of Sidon, Lebanon, Showing the Lebanon MountainsSidon, Lebanon Illustration
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