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Al Bass Archaeological Site

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Sour / Tyre, Tyre district

This sprawling archaeological site in Tyre/Sour, in the south of Lebanon, holds a variety of Roman ruins dating back to the 2nd century AD. It is not far from a similar site, Al Mina, 2km away. Just past the entrance is a vast funerary complex, with hundreds of ornate stone and marble sarcophagi. The Al Bass site is also home to a Byzantine road, a 2nd century triumphal arch, a Roman road with an aqueduct, and the remains of one of the largest Roman hippodromes in the world. It once seated 20,000 spectators eager to watch risky chariot races.