Reminiscence of a journey to the Land of Cedars – Lebanon ( Part 6 of 7)

Caliph Walid II of the Umayyad Islamic dynasty, founded the city of Anjar in the 8th century. It was a commercial centre which fell on two important trade routes – one leading from Beirut to Damascus and the other from Homs to Tiberiade. However, the city was destroyed and abandoned soon after, with the defeat of Walid’s son, Caliph Ibrahim. Anjar is a strikingly well-planned city with its rectangular shape, perpendicular streets and alleys that intersect at the city center. The city is also famous for its numerous hammamet or thermal baths. The ruins of the Great Palace of Anjer are a fine example of the Ummayyad era architecture.

Ruins of Anjer
Ruins of Anjer
Ruins of Anjer
The Great Palace of Anjer
The Great Palace of Anjer
Ruins of Anjer
Ruins of Anjer
Ruins of Anjer

Near to Zahle, in the suburb of Karak Nuh, is a 42 feet long tomb inside the local mosque, believed to be of Noah. The keeper of the mosque claims that the body of Noah was much longer than 42 feet and they had to bend his knees to fit him in.

Noah’s Tomb
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11 thoughts on “Reminiscence of a journey to the Land of Cedars – Lebanon ( Part 6 of 7)”

  1. “The keeper of the mosque claims that the body of Noah was much longer than 42 feet and they had to bend his knees to fit him in.”

    There are those who believe that several of the writings we have access to are attempts to describe – sometimes distortedly given limits of understanding and conception – contact with folk from other planets/dimensions. Similarly the folk who lived in “North America”, “South America”, “Australia” and “New Zealand” had to develop a way to conceive these European brigands arriving upon their shores. Far far worse was to follow. 😦

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    1. In this context, you should remember that remains of people as tall as 15 to 20 feet have been found in Saudi Arabia. Genesis chapter 6 also tells us that there were giants on the earth in those days. I believe the Kuran also makes a references to this. There are also tombs near Salala in Yemen much longer than that of Noah.

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