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(archaeological Sites 30 km)
Near Jiyeh on the coast between Damour and Sidon is Nabi Younis,
where tradition says the Prophet Jonah came ashore after he was swallowed
by a whale. Although little remains today, it was also the site of the Byzantine
settlement of Porphyeon, which probably reached its height during the 6th
Here a medieval shrine to Jonah was found beneath the sands. Now a mosque, the shrine also has a
Nabi Younis: The Mosque
vestige of old Porphyeona monolithic column with a late Roman or Byzantine Corinthian capital. Inside the shrine is an old mihrab and a small chamber holding one of the several supposed tombs of Jonah.
A number of beautiful mosaic floors from early Christian and Byzantine basilicas have been found in El-Jiyeh itself. These are on display at Beiteddine Palace.