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Baalbek - The Grand Cour seen from the Jupiter Tempel and captured with a focal length of 10mm. After 1998 I had the chance to visit Baalbek a second time in 2006. The modern city of Baalbek changed a lot, but not this beautiful Roman ruins.

Baalbek is an ancient city 56 km northwest of Damascus. Originally it was probably devoted to the worship of Baal or Bel, the Phoenician sun god, although no traces of an early Phoenician settlement have survived. The Greeks called the city Heliopolis [city of the sun]. It became very prominent in Roman days and was made a separate colony by Augustus. Both Greek and Roman architects employed their genius on Baalbek's buildings. Among the most imposing Roman remains are the temple of Bacchus and the temple of Jupiter. The city was sacked by invaders and was destroyed by an earthquake in 1759.

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