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Baalbeck, Lebanon's greatest Roman treasure, can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world. The largest and most noble Roman temples ever built, they are also among the best preserved.
Towering high above the Beqaa plain, their monumental proportions proclaimed the power and wealth of Imperial Rome. The gods worshipped here, the Triad of Jupiter, Venus and Mercury, were grafted onto the indigenous deities of Hadad, Atargatis and a young male god of fertility. Local influences are also seen in the planning and layout of the temples, which vary from the classic Roman design.

































 

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those are some nice photos. my sons school has a trip there on thursday(it was supposed to be last week on heritage day....but the school changed it)
 

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^^ o i remember those trips ... unfortunately whenever we went, we were more interested in the camels then the history .. i guess thats art wasted on kids! we have a heritage day?
anyone know the height of one of these pillars in feet?
 

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Each column soared to a height of 66 feet, built on a platform which was raised 26 feet higher than the surrounding buildings.
 

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aerial view of Jupiter and bachus temples.






2000 years ago

Baalback - Remains of the Roman Market

Baalback - Venus Temple



Tritonne The Basis of the Roman Temples in Baalbek(largest in the world)


The best preserved Exedra in the Great Court of Baal

Remains of the portico in the Great Court at Baalbek

Detail of the Temple of Bacchus at Baalbek

Inside the Temple of Bacchus at Baalbek, the Niches had all of them statues of gods and godesses

Staircase of Mercury temple

Temple of Mercury

Roman Temple Sculpted in the rocks

Baalbeek Roman Mosaic

ornaments from Roman wall-Baalbek



These monuments were to serve as a place of worship until the empire was christianised. They were then destroyed by the Christian emperors. Theodosius had the tower-altar knocked down, as well as the statues, and built a great basilica with stones from the Temple of Jupiter. That was the end of Heliopolis. The city of the sun declined and lapsed into oblivion.
 

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lebgurl said:
^^ o i remember those trips ... unfortunately whenever we went, we were more interested in the camels then the history .. i guess thats art wasted on kids! we have a heritage day?
anyone know the height of one of these pillars in feet?
yeah may 18 is national heritage day in lebanon. all of the museums around beirut are free on that day
 

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LOl when me n my cusins went to Baleek we hired a bus cos heaps of us wanted to go as soon as we got off the bus all these pple ran to us asking us to buy things from them Balbeeck was so good ! its huge
 

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I feel bad because i've never been to baalbeck. I'm such a bad lebanese lol but it is on the top of my to do list this summer.
 

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YESSSSSSSSS,I love those pics guys,keep'em coming :)
 

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wow, haven't been there in almost 15 years!!! :(
altho, u really can't appreciate unless ur their in person because those towers are HUGE!!!!

I heard there was damage inflicted from the july war, is that true?
 

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yes,but not serious ,can be fixed easily.

do u know that the prophet ILIEAS (did i write it right?),was sent to the pple of baalbeck??????it was mentioned in Qur'an,well the god "baal" was mentioned instead of baalbeck the city.but muslim interpreters agreed on BAALBECK the city where the prophet ILIEAS was sent to.
 
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