14 October 2022 to 12 March 2023
The World’s Most Ancient Port
Masterpieces from Beirut, Louvre and British Museum
Byblos is a major exhibition about the world’s most ancient port in Lebanon, with five hundred objects, including masterpieces from the National Museum of Beirut, the Louvre, the British Museum and the American University of Beirut Archaeological Museum. Byblos, a town situated on the coast of present-day Lebanon, played an extraordinary role in the Mediterranean and Middle East from 3000 BC, thanks to the trade in cedar wood. A simple fishing village that had been inhabited since 6500 BC, grew into a prosperous city and became the world’s first international seaport. Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans left their mark on the city.
to the exhibition: Byblos – Rijksmuseum Leiden