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Lebanon - Land of Dreams - Sunset at Ancient City of Byblos | by © Lucie Debelkova /
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Lebanon - Land of Dreams - Sunset at Ancient City of Byblos

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Byblos (Βύβλος) is the Greek name of the Phoenician city Gebal (earlier Gubla). It is located on the Mediterranean coast of Lebanon, about 26 miles (42 kilometers) north of Beirut. It is believed to have been founded around 5000 BC, and according to fragments attributed to the semi-legendary pre-Trojan war Phoenician historian Sanchuniathon, it was built by Cronus as the first city in Phoenicia. Today it is believed by many to be the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world.


Overlooking sunset over coral reefs from ancient city walls, watching fisherman waiting their evening catch and sharing wonderful dinner over chilled glass of wine with someone special in this ancient city port cannot be more different to the general view that many people might have about civil war troubled Lebanon.


I was already finished with the blue hour shoot, however when I saw these amazing colors in the sky, I could not resist not to take one more shot. I had to push the ISO slightly higher as it was already rather dark. I like the dreamy like result due to the boats movement.


Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Lens: EF17-40mm f/4L USM, Photo Focal length: 40.00 mm, Aperture: 14, Exposure time: 32.0 s, ISO: 320


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Taken on September 4, 2009