1Byblos, Lebanon 

The first inhabitants to settle in Byblos arrived here way back in 5,000 BC. Byblos is a name given to the by the Greeks, when they were involved in a papyrus trade with it. Predictably, the word Bible has been coined from Byblos, and some of this fascinating ancient city’s most prominent things to see include the erstwhile Phoenician temples, the Old City Wall and the Byblos Castle. The St. John the Baptist Church is another much visited attraction. Attend the Byblos International Festival that features a series of contemporary music bands.

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