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Tyre - the monuments

..... ....Tyre ultimately became a part of the Roman Empire, and it is the remains of this period that are the most easily visible today. There is a massive Roman and Byzantine necropolis, full of sculptured marble sarcophagi. Many of these bear base-relief scenes from the Odyssey or from the story of Phaedra. To the South of the necropolis there is a vast hippodrome, one of the largest and best-known in Roman times. A good part of the grandstand still survives intact. The town itself was built inland from the Egyptian port (much of which has sadly since disappeared under the waves: but the water is very shallow and the enterprising swimmer can see much with a mask and snorkel). There is a single main street with columns, marble pavement, porticos and baths, as well as a market-place and theatre, which was used as the site for a five-yearly equivalent of the Olympic games. But the ruins are by no means all Roman. There is a cathedral dating from Crusader times. As with many of their buildings, the Crusaders were not at liberty to travel far for buildings materials, and they used what they found on the spot. The cathedral at Tyre is constructed very largely of pink granite columns which had been brought over from Aswan centuries before. And it is under this cathedral, or very close to it, that archeologists hope to find the ruins of the temple of Melkart..... ....

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