Temples of Baalbek, Baalbeck

Discover prime examples of Imperial Roman architecture at Temples of Baalbek. Colossal columns, intricately detailed stonework, and the integrity and authenticity of its sanctuaries have earned the complex the status of a World Heritage Site. See the delicately carved Corinthian capitals on the Bacchus temple, roof sculptures representing Mark Anthony and Cleopatra, and lions heads on Jupiter's temple. The ancient city started out as a Phoenician sanctuary dedicated to a triad of deities, thrived under the name of Heliopolis during Hellenistic and Roman periods, and reached its peak under the Roman Empire. It suffered a lot of damage over the centuries--from earthquakes, Christian iconoclasts, and Muslim rulers. The stones of the temples were reused many times in the construction of fortification walls and other structures. To visit Temples of Baalbek on your holiday in Baalbeck, and find out what else Baalbeck has to offer, use our Baalbeck route planning tool .
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  • The site of Baalbeck usually attributed to the Romans is actually much more ancient and truly majestic, its history includes several phases, from the Roman, to the Byzantine Christian paleo to the Arab Islamic. Declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1984, the ruins of Baalbek are truly colossal and include three notable Roman temples: the Temple of Jupiter, the Temple of Venus and the Temple of Bacchus. Cionsotante is one of the sites less studied and little aware in the world. In the golden Times of Lebanon Fairouz, um Kulthum, Ella Fitzgerald, Joan Baez gave you memorable concerts. Today there are no restrictions on the visit I happened on a cloudy day that gave the site a very suggestive aspect from the aesthetic point of view and that can not leave indifferent with the grandeur of its size: the complex of temples of Baalbek in Lebanon is indeed colossal in size. We suggest you start your visit from the quarries and then head to the main site. It takes no less than three hours to visit plus two + two of travel from Beirut. There are several agencies that propose the tour of the ruins with driver-guide. Date entered to be able to publish. Last visit 2013..
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  • The first temples were built in this place starting from the III Millennium B.C., in the photos The beautiful temple said of Bacchus that would go back to the second century. After Christ, then erected under the Roman domination. The dimensions of the temple are 69 x 36 m, 30 are the columns, 22 m high inside the walls are decorated by two orders of niches while the bottom housed the shrine with the statue of God. The site, very beautiful and well preserved, is World Heritage from 1984.
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  • Historic, impressive and colossal. Huge columns and marble lion head’s popping out. Truly a world wonder on par with any other human civilization has been able to create.
  • The best Roman temple in the world!
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