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It is a Mediterranean city in the Mount Lebanon Governorate of present-day Lebanon under the current Arabic name of Jbeil (جبيل Ǧubayl) and was also referred to as Gibelet during the Crusades.

It is believed to have been founded around 5000 BC, and according to fragments attributed to the semi-legendary pre-Trojan war Phoenician historian Sanchuniathon, it was built by Cronus as the first city in Phoenicia.Byblos is also considered to be the birthplace of the modern alphabet.

Papyrus was shipped through here by the Phoenicians in route to Egypt. The name is thought to be derived from the ancient Greek bublos meaning papyrus. The name was later adapted to the work Bible for the one and only book.

Today it is believed by many to be the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world.
And of course you must visit the castle and the old city with scenic streets and shops !

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