Baalbek (Greek: Ἡλιούπολις; Arabic: بعلبك / ALA-LC: Ba‘albak) is a town in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon situated east of the Litani River. It is famous for its exquisitely detailed yet monumentally scaled temple ruins of the Roman period, when Baalbek, then known as Heliopolis, was one of the largest sanctuaries in the empire. It is Lebanon's greatest Roman treasure, and it can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world, containing some of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins.
Towering high above the Beqaa plain, their monumental proportions proclaimed the power and wealth of Imperial Rome. The gods worshiped there, the triad of Jupiter, Venus and Bacchus, were grafted onto the indigenous deities of Hadad, Atargatis and a young male god of fertility. Local influences are seen in the planning and layout of the temples, which vary from the classic Roman design.
Baalbek is home to the annual Baalbeck International Festival. The town is about 85 km (53 mi) northeast of Beirut and about 75 km (47 mi) north of Damascus. It has a population of approximately 72,000.
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kathryn_weir (2056) 2012-07-01 8:30
This is a great photo.the detail captured and the inclusion of the person at left in the composition- all works beautifully. It would be interesting to see the colour version although the B & W is beautifully presented
The panorama is also beautifully applied
pajaran (54967) 2012-11-08 3:10
Dobar tekst o starom svetilistu ...
Lep pogled na deo starog svetilista, i gospodina ...
Dobar ostrina snimka i kontrast.
Ranije sam ti dao kritiku.
Imajte lep dan.
Good article on the old shrine ...
A nice view of the old part of the shrine, and Mr. ...
Good image sharpness and contrast.
Earlier I gave you criticism.
Have a nice day.
All the best.
- Copyright: ahmed alshuwaib (ahmedq8) (42)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2011-11-25
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D7000, NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED AF-S
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-07-01 7:27