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"BAALBECK - CITY OF THE SUN" Baalbeck by LoriPori

Baalbeck Travel Guide: 144 reviews and 504 photos


Located in the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon BAALBECK is famous for its temple ruins of the Roman period when Baalbeck or BAALBEK was known as Heliopolis "the city of the sun". It is Lebanon's greatest Roman Treasure, containing some of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984
The town Baalbek is about 85 km (53 miles) northeast of Beirut.
I visited this area in August of 1969 when on a cruise of the Mediterranean Sea. Beirut was one of our ports-of-call and Baalbeck and the Byblos Ruins was a side-trip we made.

N.B.The photos here are digital pics of my original "1969" pics. I don't know any other way to do it as I don't have a scanner.


Dedicated to Bacchus, the Roman God of wine, THE TEMPLE OF BACCHUS is also referred to as the "Temple of the Sun".
Considered as one of the best preserved Roman Temples in the world. Its walls are adorned by 42 Corinthian Columns, 19 of which remain upright.
Though less famous, it is larger that the Parthenon in Greece


Once a massive structure, all that is left of the great TEMPLE OF JUPITER are the six Corinthian columns. You have to wonder how they have stood for so long. They stand on a wall which is fifty feet in height. This remaining wall forms the southern wall of the original structure.

In the accompanying picture, you will see a little LoriPori in the lower left part of the photo which was taken in August, 1969.

  • Last visit to Baalbeck: Aug 1969
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    This looks like an impressive place, a region of the world i don't know much about. The original photos were real nice, great solution you came up with worked out really well

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      Oct 17, 2012 at 4:01 AM

      I feel privileged to have been able to see this part of the world and at the tender age of 21, when none of my friends had the desire to travel.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    To take photos of your old photos was a good idea! I visited Baalbeck in 2002 and it is absolutly an impressive site!


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