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Tyre, Lebanon: Photos & Images

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

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Located in Lebanon north of Acre but south of Sidon and Beirut, Tyre was one of the most important of the ancient Phoenician cities. Today Tyre contains excavations of ruins dating to Crusader, Byzantine, Arab, Greco-Roman, and earlier eras. Tyre is also referenced quite a few times in the Bible, sometimes as an ally of the Israelites and sometimes in the context of condemning the religious or cultural influences which the Phoenicians were exercising over the Israelites.

Tyre's primary claim to fame, not to mention wealth, was a sea snail which allowed them to produce highly-coveted purple dye. This color was rare and difficult to produce, a factor in its adoption by rulers as a color of royalty. As late as the reign of Roman emperor Diocletian (284-305 CE), two pounds of purple dye sold for over six pounds of gold. Other Phoenician cities also traded in the prized dye, but Tyre was the center of its production and the city with which the product was most closely associated.

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Tyre, Lebanon: Mainland and Artificial Isthmus of Tyre, Lebanon. Late 19th Century IllustrationMainland and Artificial Isthmus of Tyre, LebanonTomb of Hiram, King of Tyre: King Hiram Led Phoenician City of Tyre to its Golden AgeTomb of Hiram, King of TyreHiram, King of Tyre: King Hiram of Tyre Helped King David and King Solomon Build the TempleHiram, King of TyreSolomon Building the Temple: The Jewish Temple Was Built with Help from King Hiram of TyreThe Jewish Temple Was Built with Help from King Hiram of Tyre
Tyre, Lebanon: Late 19th Century Illustration of the Ruins of the Old Sea Wall of Ancient TyreRuins of the Old Sea Wall of Ancient TyreTyre, Lebanon: Ruins of the Ancient Phoenician Tyre Aqueduct, late 19th Century IllustrationRuins of the Ancient Phoenician Tyre AqueductForeign Attacks on Tyre, Lebanon: Phoenician City of Tyre was a Tempting Target for Foreign ArmiesBabylonian Assault on Tyre, LebanonTriumphal Arch of Tyre, Lebanon: Reconstructed Arch from the Ancient Phoenician CityTriumphal Arch of Tyre, Lebanon
Tyre, Lebanon: Illustration of the Artificial Isthmus of Tyre, Lebanon, c. 1911Artificial Isthmus of Tyre, LebanonMap: Relative Locations of Jerusalem, Tyre, Sidon, Beirut in Modern Israel, Jordan, Syria, LebanonRelative Locations of Jerusalem, Tyre, Sidon, Beirut, Other Cities
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