Al-Bass Archaeological Site

Al-Bass Archaeological Site

Al-Bass Archaeological Site
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VinnieLondon
Doha, Qatar12,723 contributions
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Mar 2023 • Solo
Around 1.5 hour drive from Beirut and on the same site as the Tyr Hippodrome, this is an enormous historic necropolis. Small entrance fee to see remarkably in tact family tombs with some decaying mosaics. Like many such sites in Lebanon it is not well protected or preserved so there is much damage from nature and man over time. Still well worth a visit with a guide.
Written March 6, 2023
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John A
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Sept 2021 • Solo
The two UNESCO archaeological sites at Tyr (Sour) are exceptional. There is some much here, mainly Roman but also Phoenician and Byzantine architecture. The road through the Necropolis goes under the 2 Hadrian arches the tallest at 22 mtr, you then enter the city area and head to the largest and best preserved hippodrome in the world 480 x 160 mtr site with 30,000 seating capacity. A short journey takes you onto the island over a causeway built by Alexander the Great, here the 170 mtr Roman road is flanked by 8 mtr high granite columns imported from Egypt, when the sea is calm you can see where the road continues. There are large well preserved Roman baths. Guided by a local archaeologist and had the whole site to myself, so lucky to be able to visit such an exceptional site
Written September 25, 2021
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CanadaPipa1
Montreal, Canada673 contributions
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May 2019
This archaeological wonder is another UNESCO world heritage site in Lebanon that shouldn't be missed, especially for those who are already visiting Tyre. It's easy to see how the Al-Bass Hippodrome is considered to be the largest and best preserved Roman hippodrome in the world. Walking by the huge field with some of the restored spectator stands in view, almost brings those ancient chariot races to life.
I took a private tour with a well informed & very pleasant guide named Jihad, who introduced himself as "the good one" (Jihad). It's always nice to have a guide with a good sense of humour! At any rate, I would definitely go with a guide since there are no major signs with detailed background information.
Aside from the historic hippodrome, there's also the Al-Bass Necropolis section with an impressive array of sarcophagi (stone coffins).
Lastly, bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen & a hat. Of course, you'll also want to take a lot of photos of this special archaeological site.
Written April 30, 2020
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dmittleman
Palm Beach Gardens, FL1,415 contributions
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Oct 2019
This archaeological site has a little bit of everything. There's a wonderful necropolis area with innumerable sarcophagi. There's a well preserved triumphal arch. There are ruins of an aqueduct and a Roman road. The Hippodrome ruins are vast.
Written January 5, 2020
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FififromDubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates48 contributions
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Mar 2019
I visited Al Bass Archaeological site earlier this year to discover ruins of past generations. This place still held the spirit of ancient times, the tombs, columns, graveyard, tiny hamams(washrooms) were still holding the smell of old times. It was very fascinating to walk around, touch the stones, get connected. Highly recommended for explorers who are interested to discover more about past.
Written August 4, 2019
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Mathias S
332 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
I had too high expectations, Tyre being one of the most famous ancient cities, but it was a nice place. There's lots of sarcophagi, some collumns, parts of a hippodrome, and this small gate, all close to the sea.
Written April 13, 2019
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Linda
Jounieh, Lebanon439 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Friends
Impeccable on every level. Entry fee for Lebanese less than 2.2 dollars, 3,500 Lebanese Liras i have made the same review on hippodrome and tyre archelogical site its all in one place along the trail you walk. I was mesmerized by the beauty and preservation of history. Such a beautiful site and city.
Written April 11, 2019
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Iñaki
Madrid, Spain71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
Great place where you can feel the roman finger print in the middle east even 2000 years later. Besides the hypodrome, dont miss the great cementry from the later roman empire with incredible examples of roman funerary sculpture. The hyprodorme still conserves the only Roman Arch of Triumph in Lebanon and one of the very few from the Middle East
Written December 28, 2018
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Ablingdon
Jakarta, Indonesia160 contributions
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Feb 2018 • Friends
This is a wonderful site right by the sea. The variety of buildings is impressive, and it gives you a wonderful flavour of what Roman towns were like.
Written February 24, 2018
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Mike S
Washington DC, DC540 contributions
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Feb 2018 • Couples
There are a variety of arches, and in particular one huge arch, I think was dedicated to Apollo, but in any case, that it has remained through to today is amazing.
Written February 8, 2018
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