This is a traditional house in Byblos, Lebanon, about 26 miles north of Beirut. When we were there, I read that Byblos was considered by many to be the oldest city in the world. The site was probably first settled in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B period, circa 8800 BC! I’m still wowed by that.
According to Wikipedia, the name “Byblos” is Greek; papyrus received its early Greek name byblos, byblinos from its being exported to the Aegean through Byblos. Hence the English word “Bible” is derived from byblos as “the papyrus book.” It is also believed to be the origin of the Greek term for books, biblia.
Great weekend, everyone!