presents the Book: Holy
Land of the Phoenicians - Adonis River, Valley of the dancing
Natural Heritage from the Mediterranean, spaces and species by
Ricardus M. Haber and Myrna Semaan Haber.
(Specifications: Format 27 x 30 / 355 pages / Paper 150 gr
Hard Cover / 2600 gr / UV Jacket / Threaded Binding - Inside
Gebal-Byblos into the Adonis Valley spreads a natural landscape
that spawned a facet of human development unequalled around the
Mediterranean and of global significance.
Prehistoric man, who settled on the coast of Gebal, advanced from
one cultural phase into another, creating one the most important
civilizations of the Old World, at a time when the Mediterranean
was sporadically inhabited. His cultural advancement signifies
a unique episode in the history of humanity with everlasting endowments.
Yet, he owes this legacy to the natural inheritance and the assets
offered by the land. In response, this man worshipped nature in
a myth that idolized its elements. People of Gebal walked up the
Adonis Valley on routes of pilgrimage to praise their lord by
the spring that carried his blood, to make of its river and valley
a holy place. The valley was itself inhabited over millennia and
through a string of civilization times leading to the extant
villages. Here again, the natural inheritance engendered the survival
of the human communities and their progress.
This volume pictures the history of this natural space portraying
its various aspects in dedication to illustrate its outstanding
• It presents the rich cultural heritage nested in the natural
ensemble from Gebal into the Adonis valley, exploring its multiple
dimensions from mythological to historical, archeological and
• It addresses the succession of human development through
cultural times in a wealth of archeological remains that are hardly
known to the public.
• While the cultural heritage is viewed on a journey descending
the corners of the valley, the natural ensemble is observed on
a walk ascending up the valley.
• The waters of the Adonis River are photographed in series
from its mouth to the heights of the water catchment offering
a unique documentation of the basin of an ever-flowing river.
• The particularities of the natural system are displayed
from the geological birth to the topographic sculpturing, into
the ecological cauldron with the wealth of greenery and the climatic
influence into the kaleidoscopic variegation of the seasons.
• Artful photography reveals the living cultural heritage
and the astounding natural landscape in 920 photos on 360 pages
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