Ruins of the Baalbek – Lustrous Lebanon



Lebanon is at the confluence of awe-inspiring scenery with nostalgia filled in the air by its long winding history. A coastline stretching along one side of the country along with snowcapped peaks that earn the country its true charm in the natural beauty is what sets apart this Middle Eastern territory. What further exemplifies the natural beauty is the combination brought by traditional and cultural charisma stirred in the divinity of these lands. Much paired with the mention of Civil War in the past, along with the passage of time, the scars of Lebanon are healing and evolving as quite a fashionista hub.

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Straddling to the boundaries of Syria from the eastern side, the marvelous Bekaa Valley’s gigantic and Rocky Mountains enchant many a travelers. Fenced by these hilly regions is an agricultural area, which till date marks as the greatest farming district of Lebanon. This farming area has been dominated by the growth of crops right from the time of the Roman Empire’s rule in the territory. At that time, the place was also referred to as “granary” or “breadbasket”. What earns this region a scenic wonder is the picturesque vineyards nestling in the center of rugged rolling hills.

Since the Bekaa Valley was a land of such abundance, an ancient streak of religiosity is hard to discriminate; and the beautiful archaic structures just unravel the spirit of the bygone era in a more ethereal manner. The Roman temples are still present on the lands which were built to worship the gods of Venus and Jupiter so as to seek their blessings and let ward off the prosperity from evil eye.

Baalbek Ruins in the Bekka Valley

The northern part of Beirut shimmers in the relics of its grandiose historical past and emerges as no less than a treasure in the form of Baalbek ruins. The Roman temples dedicated to the trinity of gods of Mercury, Venus and Jupiter till date is representative of the Roman Legacy.

Ruins of the Baalbek

Baalbek was essentially a trade route providing access to the Eastern Roman Empire to connect with Damascus in the Mediterranean Sea from where the goods could be further channelized into other areas of the Byzantine.

The Baalbek in the Bekka Valley was much celebrated by the Greeks as they considered the valley to be home to the God of Sun. The verdant valley surrounded by mountains was also referred as Heliopolis by them. Ahead as time passed by, and times changed, this fertile land of Roman Empire came under the kingdom of Julius Caesar.

The growing significance of Baalbek, and the fertility congenial for agricultural practice facilitated the building of some of the most ethereal religious structures that are to be find no where else in all the world.

The ruins in the Bekka Valley essentially feature collapsed columns and archaic structures which are only distorting by the day. However, thankfully, due to renovation efforts from time to time, it restores the beauty of the Roman Architectures. These landmarks undoubtedly magnetize visitors in large numbers which strike them in awe of the place; and for archaeologists there cannot be a better specimen to study the ancient past.

The ruins also boast amazing ethereal landmark structures including the archaic temples of the Venus, Bacchus and Jupiter.

Temple of Jupiter:
The very astounding temple of Jupiter, which marks as one of the biggest Roman temples originally featured fifty four mammoth columns, out of all, today there are only six which stand in their original position. Every column stretches to a height of twenty-two meters and overlooks at great scenic views from the height at which it is located.

Temple of Jupiter

Temple of Bacchus:
Apart from the temple of Jupiter, the Temple of Bacchus are a perfect specimen of the grandiosity of the Colonial Roman style. This temple is one of the most revered out of all the temples in the area and also the condition of the temples are fairly better than rest of the temples which stand in the ruins. However, nothing very exactly is stated about the significance of why this temple exists, who is it devoted to, and rather remains as an unsolved mystery boasting the divinity of the structure in an un-preachy enigma. Although, expanse wise the structure remains smaller than the temple of Jupiter; the temple is compared in similarity with the Parthenon in Athens.

Temple of Bacchus

Temple of Venus:
Coming to the temple of Venus which is the smallest in comparison to the other two temples of Jupiter and Bachhus. These temples were then converted into a Church at the time when the spread of Christianity was on a rise. This happened during the latter years of the Roman rule.

Temple of Venus

Temple of Mercury:
Apart from the Temples of Jupiter, Bacchus and Venus, there is also the Temple of Mercury which are to found in the ruins of the Baalbek in the Bekka Valley. Though, much of it cannot be found today, the only part of the temple which remains today is a deserted staircase which was once a part of the very majestic temple of Mercury.

Temple of Mercury

The charm and enigma resounding in the atmosphere is definitely gripping and arresting and one can but not shy away from appreciating the marvel of a structure withstanding the test of time, so, what if in a distorted state, but amidst the scenic bounty which nestles the wonders and myths of the quaint Roman Civilization so exquisitely, one can imagine the wealth and rich heritage of the bygone past which is left on the tattered face yet that speaks a thousand tales in itself.

One can easily go about adventuring and wandering in the archaic towns flooded with temples and relics which have an intricate carving going about on the structures. There are also guided tours that are conducted, which one can assign for in order to explore each and every place comprehensively. These tours not only take one to the valley but also offer other activities that will get one face to face with the true blue culture of Lebanon. Close to the region of Baalbek Lebanon, are other great sights and structures which cannot be missed. These structures boast an influence of the Islamic and Roman legacies; one of it is the Umayyad Mosque

from the many other regal structures that highlight the quaint vibe of Lebanon.

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  1. Andre Smithson says:

    We(My wife , me and our little son) were here a while ago and had the most fantastic experience of our life.
    Temple of Jupiter is awesome.The grotto is fantastic and definitely the bestest thing in Lebanon..A small boat ride after strolling through the caves and reaching at the end to reach the next section is just amazing!
    Amazing scenary a wonder of nature that words are not enough to describe!

  2. Samantha Fox says:

    I ‘ve been to Jeita Grotto a while ago and there is nothing more amazing than that!Its a natural wonder and I’m yet to come across anything as beautiful and fabulous as that!It isnot allowed to take any pictures though…

    Keep posting!
    Cheers!

  3. Sallie Weng says:

    Enigmatic and heavenly temples..A true delight!
    Thanks for the post! Keep posting! Cheers :-)

  4. Quasy Dirsck says:

    Lo and Behold! Long before the Romans had conquered the site and built the temple of Jupiter..Long before the Phoenicians constructed the temple dedicated to Lord Baal, there stood at Baalbek the largest stone construction in the world! The ruins are the most extraordinary and enigmatic places of the ancient times..

  5. Patty McCarthy says:

    I stayed in Lebanon for 11 months , I married a Lebanese , so I stayed longer and then I had to see them, and boy! What extraordinary ruins are they!!

    They say these ruins are larger than Acropolis,And they really are,..It is called the city of the sun…Just Breathtaking!Awesome food , awesome people beautiful landscapes!

  6. Sam D'Costa says:

    Cool Post! I ‘ve downloaded a few pics from here..Thanks! :-)
    Keep posting!

  7. Cruella Saw says:

    Lebanon is a great place with amazing people,

    I think the reason why Baalbek is not seen that much on world platform is because its location is in a Hezbollah dominated city,

    and the country doesn’t care much about tourism I guess , to market and to show it to the world..

    The road into to Baalbek needs a few repairs and more attention should be given by Lebanon to this wonder of the world..

  8. Amy Z says:

    Great post! I enjoyed reading it and the discussion on it too! I’ve bookmarked your site and will return to it later again!

  9. Yafeth Talker says:

    Hey i found your post really interesting and useful!

    I ‘ll definitely return back for more such interesting stuff..Thanks!
    The discussion too has aroused a lot of interest in me about the ruins and Lebanon as such..

    I ‘ve been there several times but never thought about it that way!

    Thanks fro the post, anyway! :-)

  10. Wallace Louis says:

    Interesting post! Nice pictures !Thanks! :-)

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