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Al Bass Archaeological Site

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Al Bass Archaeological Site

This site is home to a Byzantine road stretching 300 meters long and covered with a layer of limestone plates, bound on either side by a necropolis containing around 300 sarcophagi embellished with distinctive figures and shapes - dating back to the time span between the 2nd and 5th century AD.

The Arch of Triumph was constructed during the 2nd century AD from limestone and damaged during the 5th or 6th century AD as a result of an earthquake then inebriated by colored lime. Adjacent to the Arch is the Roman Road which is covered with large slabs of limestone that bear the marks of chariot wheels.

The Pedestrian Road is situated on the southern side of the Roman Road with its solid stony floor still intact and in good shape. Previously, it used to be encompassed by inscriptions near the Roman Aqueduct. For thousands of years the Aqueduct supplied Tyre with fresh water from Ras El Ain Spring which is 6km away. The Blue Team Balls lie on the southern side of the spring with the phrase written on the entrance: ‘Victory for the Blue’.

The Columbarium is made of 12 burial cells structured in three levels. Built in the 2nd century AD, Every level contains four openings covered with colored limestone and a mosaic floor. Lying 2km east of Al-Mina site and just past the entrance is a tremendous funerary complex, containing hundreds of fancy stone and marble sarcophagi.

The Funerary Chapel and Garden is a semi-circular lobby paved with marble, tombs and a garden with a water sprinkling system installed. The Chapel contains a small fountain, a small gathering hallway covered in colored marble and dates back to the 6th Century AD.

The Hippodrome is one of the largest of the Roman era and second in size following the Circa Maxims in Rome and one of the few hippodromes which are intact and remain in acceptable shape. This Hippodrome had the capacity to once seat more than 20,000 spectators watching the breathtaking chariot races. At the center, the walls of the Crusader Hippodrome Church can be found with stamps and images of boats and shields engraved by the pilgrims.

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Tyre +
Tyre District, South Governorate
Sidon & Tyr
Sidon & Tyr
Characteristics and classifications
Dynasty & Civilization (2) +
Heritage Classification (1) +
World Heritage Site
Period of History (1) +
2nd century
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