Temple of Eshmoun, Sidon

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The Temple of Eshmun is an ancient place of worship dedicated to Eshmun, the Phoenician god of healing. It is located near the Awali river, 2km northeast of Sidon in southwestern Lebanon. The site was occupied from the 7th century BC to the 8th century AD, suggesting an integrated relationship with the nearby city of Sidon. Although originally constructed by Sidonian king Eshmunazar II in the Achaemenid era to celebrate the city's recovered wealth and stature, the temple complex was greatly expanded by Bodashtart, Yatan-milk and later monarchs. Because the continued expansion spanned many centuries of alternating independence and foreign hegemony, the sanctuary features a wealth of different architectural and decorative styles and influences.
The sanctuary consists of an esplanade and a grand court limited by a huge limestone terrace wall that supports a monumental podium which was once topped by Eshmun's Graeco-Persian style marble temple. The sanctuary features a series of ritual ablution basins fed by canals channeling water from the Asclepius river and from the sacred "Ydll" spring; these installations were used for therapeutic and purificatory purposes that characterize the cult of Eshmun. The sanctuary site has yielded many artifacts of value, especially those inscribed with Phoenician texts, providing valuable insight into the site's history and that of ancient Sidon.
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  • We know about the Phoenician purple used in Roman togas and the seafaring prowess of this civilization but most of its history and culture is not studied very much. It was accordingly very nice to vis...  more »
  • The site is free, but you have to either walk or take a taxi from the center of Sidon. It is not as spectacular as other temples in Lebanon, but still worth a visit, if you are there.  more »
  • The problem about reviewing such places is that sometimes the importance of the location is wasted by the negligence of municipalities or ministries that are supposed to preserve and maintain historic...  more »
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  • Free entry, nice and big space unfortunately there are no information panels about the space. There are no public toilets. You can park inside. It’s a quite big space with the ruins of the old temple dedicated to Eshmun, the Phoenician god of healing. It’s very easy to find.
  • Nice vibes. Free entrance. Impressive stone structures and healing energies. ⛮
  • Temple of Eshmun. Its beautiful but abandoned. It needs more awareness the story behind this temple blew my mind away. "Eshmun was the Phoenician god of healing and renewal of life; he was one of the most important divinities of the Phoenician pantheon and the main male divinity of Sidon." It needs more maintenance. I personally enjoy going there with new travellers. The entrance is free. Worth the visit.
  • A charming place. The most beautiful Phoenician sanctuary site in Lebanon.
  • Archaeological site that must be visited by tourists
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