Located 37 km north of Beirut, Jbeil is thought by many to be the oldest city in the world- continuously inhabited for more than 7000 years. Remains of Neolithic, Middle Bronze Age, Amorite, Egyptian, Hyksos, Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab and Crusader origin are present. Byblos’ most important legacy is the famous sarcophagus of Ahiram, King of Byblos in the 13th century B.C. which carries a Phoenician inscription thought to be the first written alphabet. Byblos gave its name to the Bible. Byblos provides more than archeological interest as the town itself retains much of its ancient charm.