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City of the Sun

Greek Heliopolis - the City of the Sun - when the Romans took it over and started to build the temples there in 60BC Baalbek became absolute epitome of all the excesses of Rome, so clearly evidenced now in these gargantuan ruins. They add a new meaning to the word "monumental" and yet, from a distance, such is their perfection of scale, tthey appear to be the size of other temples of the era. It's only when you actually come near that you realize how massive they actually are, dwarfing the memory of any other temple you may have seen.

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  • Last visit to Baalbeck: May 2004
  • Intro Updated May 14, 2005
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  • Aug 12, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Night at Baalbeck is the hallmark of the Old town. But regarding food, your comment should be updated, there are a lot of new restaurants and they are delicious: Rawabi restaurant is one of them.

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    Feb 23, 2009 at 9:45 PM

    The extremely tall columns and some aspects of the layout and artwork definetly resembles the Temple of Baal in Palmyra...nice writing as usual...alan

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    Feb 17, 2009 at 11:00 PM

    Amazing page and place!What a pity that I didn`t have the chance to visit this place when I have been in Lebanon!Thanks to you I can see it now.

  • Sep 25, 2007 at 10:42 PM

    this is beautiful page on a marvellous archaeological site leyle! the bacchus temple looks sublime. im seriously thinking of giving uzbekistan a miss for next year, and doing ME instead. leave UZ for another time. im confused! :)

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    Jun 13, 2006 at 3:16 AM

    Excellent stuff. Thank you for sharing.

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    May 21, 2006 at 11:30 AM

    Very very interesting writings, pictures and tips of Baalbeck, Leyle. I also stayed in the Palmyra hotel. I will never forget the spectacular view at the archaeological site from the hotelroom.

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    Mar 13, 2006 at 8:49 PM

    impressive piece of history, very good read and superb pix, love the close ups too. tks for sharing

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    Mar 13, 2006 at 8:38 PM

    Facinating history & architecture in this exotic location , WELL DONE WC !!! Can't wait til I can come to your neck of the woods & get that Historical Spanish Mission Tour you told me about : )

  • Jan 28, 2006 at 8:38 AM

    An impressive page on an impressive archaelogical site! Congratulations on this great work of yours!

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    Dec 4, 2005 at 3:54 AM

    Very interesting page on Baalbeck. I would love to go there, just for the food alone.

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