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Tyre, City: Egyptian Port. Photo Jona Lendering.
Egyptian harbor: the mole
Tyre (Phoenician רצ, ṣūr, "rock"; Greek Τρος; Latin Tyrus): port in Phoenicia and one of the main cities in the eastern Mediterranean.

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Egyptian Harbor

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Tyre, City: Egyptian Port. Photo Jona Lendering.
Egyptian harbor: Columns.
Tyre used to have two harbors: the Sidonian in the north, which is a bit smaller than it used to be, but has been in use for centuries, and the Egyptian harbor in the south. Today, the remains of a 750 meter long mole (with a wide entrance in the center) can still be seen, and it is easy to recognize the remains of some buildings in the water.

Originally, the Egyptian harbor must have been a sandy beach, which might perhaps better be labeled "the Egyptian anchorage", but engineers have continued to expand and improve it. It was probably destroyed during the earthquake of 501 CE.

A satellite photo can be seen here.


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Jona Lendering for
Livius.Org, 2012
Revision: 16 Aug. 2012
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