Byblos, considered by many historians to be the oldest continually inhabited city in the world, is a bustling, cosmopolitan and international thoroughfare found on the Mediterranean coast of modern-day Lebanon.
The Phoenicians who founded ancient Byblos used innovations in naval technique and navigation to become the first masters of the sea. They used their sea-faring skills to build trade routes throughout the region, and founded a rich and flourishing empire. The port of Byblos became their cultural and economic capital, and as the city grew it became a melting pot rich in new ideas and advances. It was during this time the Phoenician alphabet was created, a novel system of communication that utilised symbols that represented the sounds of words rather than symbols of the objects they resembled. This script illuminated thoughts previously impossible, allowing ideas to travel further than ever before, and gave birth to the alphabet that we use today.
Famed for their lavish hospitality and warmth, and the central role of food in their culture, the modern Lebanese have fused eastern flavors, ingredients and spirit, with western technique, method and refinement. This fusion of flavors, ideas and inspiration is embodied in the Mediterranean approach to cuisine.
Brisbane, one of the youngest cities in the world, carries the spirit of adventure and innovation first shown by the Phoenician sailors depicted in the carvings you see around our venue. As a portside city and portal between East and West, Brisbane is the best location to experience the flavors and tastes of ancient Byblos, and reawaken your own spirit of adventure.