Baalbek Temple, Lebanon
128x297mm on watercolour paper
in a 30x40cm ivory mount, shown in a Habitat frame (not included)
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I went to Beirut, Lebanon, straight after the London 2012 Olympics (I was in the opening ceremony). It was the most amazing country I’ve ever visited. The west side is sandy beaches on the Mediterranean, with two mountain ranges running either side of the country. The 12 rivers running through it creates such a fertile valley that farm Friesian dairy cattle.
The City of Byblos has been continually inhabited for 6000 years – the Phoenicians came from here, inventing language and creating civilisation, and later Romans and Crusaiders – all leaving their mark with magnificent temples – far larger than anything else I’ve seen in the world.