The Levantine Sea is located in the easternmost part of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt. To its east lie both the Aegean Sea and the Libyan Sea. The Levantine Sea has a surface area of 320,000 km2. The sea is home to the island nation of Cyprus. In 1869, the Suez Canal was completed, which linked the Levantine Sea to the Red Sea, allowing large vessels to pass through the Sinai. As such, the Levantine Sea is one of the world’s most important and busiest shipping routes.