Lebanon:

Lebanon is home to the oldest city in the world.
 
Amazing right?
 
Byblos is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. It’s around 20 miles (30 km) north of modern Beirut.
 
The name Byblos is actually Greek.
 
Interestingly, the world papyrus got its greek name – Byblos – when it was exported to the Aegean through Byblos. So, the English word Bible is really derived from Byblos – it’s a “papyrus book”.
 
Recent excavations found that Byblos was occupied as early as the Neolithic period, from 8000 BC to 4000 BC. It was a chief harbour for exporting cedar and valuable wood to Egypt and was known as Kubna in Ancient Egyptian.
 
We know this because Egyptian monuments and inscriptions are very similar to those found on the River Nile.
 
The world’s first alphabet was created here too. The Phoenician alphabet was born in Byblos. 
 

 

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