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Temples of Baalbek, Baalbeck

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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. Take a look at our Baalbeck itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Temples of Baalbek and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This site is amazing and its sheer size will shock you, Some of the temples, in particular the carvings are fantastically preserved. There is also a small museum inside and a educational display near ...  more »
  • Part of the archaeological complex of Baalbeck. The temples are wonderful. The dedicated to Bacchus the God of wine is indescribable. A unique beauty.
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  • This is the big one, the site everyone must see. If you come to Lebanon you have to make the effort to come here. Now it's easy to ssy, harder to do. The area is under tight control being close to the...  more »
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  • A wonderful architectural treasure! Very few crowds. Unlike other Roman ruins, here you can walk right into the standing buildings. Some areas are amazingly well preserved, even painted mosaics and art have survived
  • Amazing, breathtaking- the scale is unbelievable! Definitely worth seeing
  • Amazing historic place! A mist see if your a tourist or if your Lebanese and never visited!
  • Best ruins I have ever seen
  • Amazing roman temple ruins! Some years ago there was a Hezbollah museum in front of the temple - interesting place to see.

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