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COMMEMORATIVE STELA OF NAHR EL-KALB, MOUNT LEBANON
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Region / Country - Arab Countries > Lebanon
Year of Registration 2005
Possessing Institutions Lebanese National Memory of the World Committee
Management Institution Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO
The stela of Nahr el-Kalb, the Lycus or Dog River, sum up the entire history of Lebanon, from High Antiquity to the present, evoking clearly the successive advances of the Pharaonic, Assyro-Babylonian, Greek, Roman, Arab, French and British armies which braved all the obstacles surrounding this difficult and very steep crossing point to carve commemorative stela on the rocks.
Likewise, the Assyro-Babylonians, coming from Mesopotamia, planned their incursions to gain free access to the Mediterranean in order to spread out in all directions. Later conquerors, the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Mameluks, Ottomans and others, followed suit, marking their passage with stela which remain the best evidence of their presence.
Lastly, this natural location overlooking a cross-road has always been considered a strategic obstacle that is difficult to overcome.