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  Foundation of the Temple of Baalat-Gebal
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Once the largest and most important temple in Byblos, the Temple of Baalat-Gebal was built around 2800 BC. Its site is thought to have been used for worship since the 4th millennium BC. The temple was dedicated to the Phoenician goddess Baalat-Gebal (the Lady of Byblos), who was later equated with the Egyptian goddess Hathor (and Isis). The Temple was continually rebuilt in the following millennia after natural and human destructions. During Roman times, the temple was again rebuilt, but rededicated to Aphrodite (Astarte) and a colonnaded street led directly into the temple. The foundations of the temple we see today in Byblos are in fact from the Phoenician period in the 3rd millennium BC.

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  • Updated Jan 11, 2010
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