Baalbek, also known as Baalbeck (Arabic: بعلبك‎ / ALA-LC: Baʻalbak, Lebanese pronunciation:[ˈbʕalbak]) is a town in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon situated east of the Litani River. Known as Heliopolis (Greek: Ἡλιούπολις) during the period of Roman rule, it was one of the largest sanctuaries in the empire and contains some of the best preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon. The gods worshipped at the temple, the triad of Jupiter, Venus and Bacchus, were grafted onto the indigenous deities of Hadad, Atargatis and a young male god of fertility. Local influences are seen in the planning and layout of the temples, which vary from the classic Roman design. (wiki)


31JUL13. Baalbek, Lebanon.


  1. GREAT photos! Baalbek was an amazing place to visit. Some of the best Romans ruins I’ve seen anywhere in my travels. My one big regret was not being able to pop across the border to visit Syria at that time before the war–visa problems–and the destruction of that country and its history. 🙁

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