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Enfeh, Lebanon

Remains from at least 3,000 years of human occupation lie tangled among the myrtle and brambles of this 400-meter-long peninsula near Tripoli. While Enfeh has witnessed only minor excavation, Phoenician and Roman walls, wine presses, mosaic floors, and two seventh-century-A.D. chapels lie bare beneath the intense sun and wind.

Although previous listing encouraged the Lebanese government to shift construction of a proposed port on the site to the southern part of the peninsula, removing the most immediate threat to Enfeh, preliminary work had already resulted in sections of the Roman wall being cannibalized for a sea wall; a medieval trench was used as a thoroughfare for construction trucks. A new focus on public awareness hopes to deter illegal construction and littering among the ruins. In addition to arresting the damage to the site, residents of the peninsula have started to restore several eighteenth-and nineteenth-century houses in the small town of Enfeh to encourage the development of eco-tourism in the area.




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