Reminiscence of a journey to the Land of Cedars – Lebanon (Part 2 of 7)

The city of Baalbek is an ancient Phoenician city located in the Anti-Lebanon foothills of Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley. The grand temple at the centre of the city was dedicated to Baal, the Phoenician God of sky and Astarte, his consort. The name Baalbek, literally means Lord Baal of the Beqaa Valley.

Later the city fell into the hands of Alexander the Great and then Pompey the Great and became a colony of the Roman Empire. It is famous today for the complex of Roman temples, which are fine examples of Imperial Roman architecture. The Roman complex contains temples dedicated to Jupiter, Bacchus, Venus and Mercury. The temple of Jupiter rests on the ruins of the temple of Baal. These temples survived the rise of Christianity by serving as places of Christian worship. It further survived the reign of the Byzantine and Ottoman rulers and a series of earthquakes. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

Baalbek – Ruins
Baalbek – Ruins
Baalbek – Ruins
Ruins of the Temple of Jupiter
Temple of Bacchus
Ruins of the Temple of Jupiter
Temple of Bacchus
Temple of Bacchus
Temple of Bacchus
Baalbek – Ruins
Baalbek – Ruins
Baalbek – Ruins
Baalbek – Ruins
Baalbek – Ruins
Baalbek – Ruins
Baalbek – Ruins
Baalbek – Ruins
Baalbek – Ruins
Baalbek – Ruins
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20 thoughts on “Reminiscence of a journey to the Land of Cedars – Lebanon (Part 2 of 7)”

  1. Wonderful photos! And the ruins are fascinating! The one featuring the Temple of Baachus where you can see people, it provides SUCH perspective on the size of these temples. I can imagine the MANY people it required who were involved in building them! Such monumental projects! It always boggles the mind at the kind of amazing architectural construction that went on during those times. 😀

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