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Sidon

صيدا

Saida
City
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Country  Lebanon
Governorate South Governorate
District Sidon District
Area
 • City 3 sq mi (7 km2)
 • Metro
10 sq mi (25 km2)
Population
 • City 80,000
 • Metro
266,000
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)

Sidon, or Saida is the third biggest city in Lebanon. It is in the southern part of Lebanon at the waterside of the Mediterranean Sea. The name "Sidon" means a fishery.

History

Sidon came to existence in 4000 BC, and it was one of the most important cities of Phoenicia. From here, a great trading empire of the Mediterranean area was made. It was known for people who were good in making glass and purple cloth dyes. Glass making was a very important business in Sidon during in the Phoenician time, and it was done in big numbers. And, making of purple cloth dye was almost as important as glass making.

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