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ANCIENT TYRE

ANCIENT TYRE
Tyre, Lebanon
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BACKGROUND

Tyre, situated approximately 50 miles south of Beirut, was founded by Phoenician settlers in the third millennium B.C. From its foundation, the city functioned as a critical trading hub and commercial port and, consequently, was the frequent target of military campaigns from neighboring empires in the region. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The ruins of ancient Tyre remain under constant threat from regional military conflict and growing pressures of urban and industrial development. The combination of such potentially destructive forces convinced WMF of the need to participate in conservation projects at Tyre. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Tyre, inscribed in 1979 on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is one of the most important archaeological sites in the eastern Mediterranean, a repository of the architectural and artistic achievements of the many civilizations that inhabited the settlement over the course of three millennia. (...)