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Type of site: Cultural
Date: Hellenistic per
Date of Inscription: 1984
Location: Middle East, Lebanon, Beqaa Governorate, City and District of Baalbek
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Description: During the Hellenistic period, a triad of deities was worshipped in this Phoenician city, formerly known as Heliopolis. It maintained its religious role during Roman times, when thousands of pilgrims travelled to its sanctuary of the Heliopolitan Jupiter. Baalbek, boasting its colossal constructions, is among the finest examples of Imperial Roman architecture, which now stands as a unique illustration of the period’s peak. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Baalbek (Arabic: بعلبك) is a town in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, altitude 3,850 ft (1,170 m), situated east of the Litani River. It is famous for its exquisitely detailed but monumentally scaled temple ruins of the Roman period, when Baalbek, known as Heliopolis was one of the largest sanctuaries in the Empire. It is also home to the annual Baalbeck International Festival. Baalbeck is home to the Lebanese Red Cross first aid, medical & social, and youth center as well as mobile clinics. The town is located at 34°00′22″N, 36°12′31″E about 85 km north east of Beirut. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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