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Byblos Castle

Byblos Castle
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Copyright: Suzy Gitana (suzy) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-14
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 50D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-29 0:37
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Hello everyone…

Thinking about touring the Byblos Castle? Maybe!!! If yes…. You’re welcome again… today I will be your guide for a while!

This collage (photoshop) was made during my last trip to Byblos castle, went through every corner of it, every POV, every mood, and every history I was told about while being there… the amount of infos I was exposed to was really overwhelming… so I decided to simplify it in the following:
(the same castle info’s used in the post: for Janone)…

About the castle:

Byblos Castle, Jubayl in Lebanon is one of the important attractions in Jubayl that has withstood the ravages of time. It forms a part of the Jubayl Tours and receives numerous visitors who come to witness the architecture of the crusaders of the 12th Century the Period of the Crusades.

Byblos Castle is one of the masterpieces built by the crusaders as the mark of their victory in the holy land. It is located 34 degrees to the north and 35 degrees to the east of the city of Jubayl. It was built around the 12th century with limestone with the remnants of the Roman structure that was ravaged. The entire structure was surrounded by a wide moat to protect the main structure from encroachments by the aggressors.

Saladin, The Sultan of Egypt and Syria was at the height of power in the 12th century when he captured the town and ordered the castle to be brought down. The walls of the castle were dismantled in the form as it stands today in 1190. Soon after the fall of Saladin, The crusaders recaptured the historic town of Byblos and got the castle reconstructed and repaired in 1197.


Hope you enjoy the tour… any questions I will be pleased to answer…. For now have a great day and plz leave your critics and comments …

Best wishes

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Hi Suzy,

Congratulations! Superb creation and stunning location. Wonderful collage of interesting images. Very well presented and awesome notes too! TFS Suzy.


hello Suzy
how are you friend?
wonderful collage
great colours and fine images
moody presentation

Manuj Mehta

Hi Suzy,
Impressive collage my friend! I'm not sure which photo I like the most as they all look great! The placement of each shot looks very suitable, interesting notes too. Great work, and a well executed idea.


Bonjour Suzy.
Un ensemble de très belles images bien présentées de un bon assemblage.
La composition est parfaitement réussite.
Bonne journée.

Salam Dear Suzy
Fantastic collection of Byblos Castle series
Great arrangement, pp wroks, colors and POVs
Personaly, I like the center shot more than others, BRAVO
Best wishes

Hello Suzy,
Perfect collage of nice shots...Great tech quality, saturated colors and well seen compositions
Selahattin E

Hello Suzy! Amazing idea and very original art work. Good shots, very good pictures, interesting collage. Nice effect, superb. Good luck!

Bonjour Suzy
Merveilleux château, merveilleuses photos et superbe assemblage entre elles.Comme j'aimerais visiter un tel endroit que vous avez si bien rendu.
Best regards

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-07-29 1:17]

Hi Sozy,
beautiful collage.Beautifl colours good light and sharpness.TFS.Necla.

Hello Dear Suzy.
Gorgeous work of you to organize this perfect collage.
It almost looks to be only one picture, so well are they choiced together.
I just had a look behind me, to look at the framed Picture of 40*30 cm behind glass, which I took there in Februari 1974.
Please continue with pictures captured their.!
I still have to find the many slided from that period and get them digitized.
Best wishes from Jan

Hi Suzy, An interesting collage, showing the various parts of this historic old castle with very informative notes. It is a very different, and much better, side of Lebanon, that we see on TV. No agenda to follow, your gallery is an insight into a wonderful part of the world TFS. Murray.

Bonjour suzy

Très joli montage où les photos sont aussi belles les unes que les autres.


hi dear suzi
an excellent collection
Great arrangement, pp wrorks, colors and POVs.
i like the right one and the middle one (in center) too much. each one are beautiful loneliness.
tfs peiman

ciao Suzy..
really a precious collage.. in which every shot is simply wonderful..
you have given the idea of the caste.. in a perfect way!
there is a wonderful sense of architectures and forms!
excellent indeed!
ciao Marco

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-07-29 4:06]

Hi Suzy,
Each an outstanding shot in its own right, beautiful PP work carried out on the images especially the central wide angle of the castle and the close ups of the architectural detail and the and the and oh all of them are brilliant. TFS

Yasou dear Suzy!
What a wonderful collage you created!
amazing images,with perfect clarity,nice
colours,lighting and interesting details!
A great presentation of Byblos Castle!
and an excellent pp work!
All my copliments and tfs

hi suzy ... shu hal collection el hlou .. so beautiful presentation really can be beautiful post card about Byblos castle
good work suzy ... bravo . regards...Harout.

Ciao Suzy, superb collage of fantastic photo, splendid views of lovely castle, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi dear Suzy
amazing collage with beautiful places
grate sharpness colors and details

Have a nice day!


Hi Suzy
Very interesting and creative collage.
Great details visible,nice colours and good lighting.

Salve Suzy
si è un bel tour e una buona composizione di ottime fotografie
un ottimo assemblaggio e ben incorniciato
effettivamente il nero usato per il colore delle varie cornici risalta bene e stacca tutte le foto dando loro una forte personalità.
Ottime le note che ci hai messo a disposizione sulle varie foto.
Le foto poi hano una forte personalità nel pov di ognuna e ben gestite come lavoro di pp.
Direi che malgrado la dimensione tutte risaltano bene nei dettagli, malgrado la dimensione ... sia importante!


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  • ade71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 241 W: 35 N: 211] (2850)
  • [2009-07-29 10:41]
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Hi Suzy, wonderful collage of excellent pictures. I would learn to use PS like you.... :)
Compliments my dear friend! Adele

Ciao Suzy,
beautiful collage of castle pieces. Optimal job! Salutes

Absolutely first class it brings back so many memories your PP work in this composition is outstanding thank you for sharing

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2009-07-29 19:45]

Bonjour Suzy,

Nice montage. I normally don't score such king of image, but this one is well done with good taste. Black framing is well chosen and the blue line is very discret but present. What I appreciate the most is the good balance of all images. The all have excellent sharpness and exposure is very even from one image to the next. Good work and TFS.


Hi Suzy,
What a superb postcard indeed.Excellent collage vith nice presentation.TFS.


Hi Suzy,
A fine composition of excellent individual picture. Well composed and presented. The choice for a black frame and background enhances the images. Well documented posted, interesting Note.

Interesting historical theme.
Wonderful set with a nice composition.A fine collage. Lovely colours and good light.
Very well done.

Hi Suzy, Excellent collection. Good light and colors. Thank you for your note. Ciao Mari

Hi Suzy,
This is a complete and thorough perspective of Byblos Castle. The clouds certainly in most frames appear to have HDR. A most interesting Note you wrote. Details and textures ought to be commended. Best regards.

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-08-01 9:48]

dear Suzy,
why do you like the old castle...I don't know.
but in my feeling, the long time has vanished the cruel elements of the castle, and it remains traces of human activities as tasteful ambience of history...isn't it?
anyway I like old stone buildings like each your shot there,
and your dramatic PP works make the oldness changing new feeling.
the time puts back the stones to nature,
the sky with wind and rain is the greatest artist there.
thank you for your historical shots,

Dober dan moja draga prijateljica,

danes ti pisem v svojem jeziku. Kot vedno, odlicna fotografija...sicer pa; kaj sploh lahko pricakujemo drugega od taksne umetnice kot si ti. Vsaka posamezna fotografija je vec kot odlicna, kot celota pa predstavljajo neverjetno umetnino. Kompozicija, ostrina in barve so neverjetne. Vidi se, da ze dobro obvladas nov aparat :)

Vec ti pa povem ko se slisiva.

Lep pozdrav,


PS I have decided to write a few critiques in my language (need to promote SLO language a bit)

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-08-01 11:27]


quelle iamge, un pastel comple,t elles sont toutes aussi beles les unes que les autres, quelle présentation de château, grandiose.

bravoe t amitié


Hi Suzy
looks like a professional presentation. impressive and inviting.
wonderful collage of detailed photos.
interesting and educational note.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-08-01 12:27]

Hi Suzy,
A great collage of artistic photos!
All well composed with good colors, contrast and details.
A fine result in an artistic photographic presentation, all framed excellently!
Good clean work!
Well done,

Francis Xavier

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2009-08-03 10:56]

Ciao Suzy

I like the collage and beautiful places,
there are a variety of portals, columns and
light touch of HDR to make it even more beautiful!
Excellent compositon lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,


Bonjour Suzy

belle composition patchwork , avec des photos HDR certainement ...
bravo pour la carte postal


Hello Suzy,
Magnificent postcard!
Very interesting architecture.
Stunning composition.

Hello Suzy,

Excellent collage ith wonderful shots!
Great colors, lighting and sharpness!
Congratulations and TFS

Hi Suzy - this is a very effective way to present your pictures of the castle - a great idea which is worth copying for some of my images.

Well Suzy, this is a amazing collage, The detail of each shot is spectatctular, I can't see any thing wrong with any of the shots that you included. On a side note to your note Saladin if my understanding of middle eastern history is correct tried to unify all Arabs as one and that bit of historical fact was used as a plot line in a book that have read By Richard Marcinko titled "Holy Terror". As well as the Movie with orlando bloom has some historical fact about Saladin.
These shot just are calling out to me as history is one of my favorite topics.
Joseph R.

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