Richard checks the Eshmun temple, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Caretaker Culture Minister Ghattas Khoury Friday inaugurated a project to rehabilitate mosaics at the 7th century B.C. Eshmun Temple, alongside a delegation including U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard. The temple, which lies a couple kilometers northeast of the southern city of Sidon, is the most important Phoenician temple in Lebanon, as it is the only one where Phoenician architecture and engineering can be seen, Sidon Antiquities Director Mariam Ziada told The Daily Star.Ziada said the temple had been in use from the 7th century B.C. under the Phoenician, Persian, Roman and ultimately the Byzantine civilizations, before falling out of use in the fifth century A.D. Speaking of the restoration project, funded by the U.S.-based Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, Khoury said most of the artifacts found in the National Museum of Beirut originated from the site, which was first excavated in the early 1960s.
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