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Subject: Baalbek & Its Ruined Temples 13/11/2010, 10:44 pm
Baalbek is a small town situated in the Bakaa Valley, Lebanon. Thecity has made a name of its own because of the monumental ruinedtemples during the roman period. During that time, Baalbek was calledthe Heliopolis, which was one the biggest sanctuaries. This is said tobe one of the greatest wonder of the ancient world and one of the bestbuilt of the roman dynasty. These are till date preserved as the bestpiece of art by the Romans.Some of the gods that are worshiped here are the Harmony of Jupiter,Mercury, Venus etc. The city serves as the venue for the festivalcalled Baalbek International that happens once in a year. Almost 85 kmfrom the northeast is the city Beirut. The Baalbek temple is said to beone of the holiest and peaceful places and it is the biggest stoneconstruction in the entire world.The origin of the Baalbek is still unknown and different scholarshave different thoughts about its origin. Baal means lord and thislabel was given to deity of sky. It means the Bekaa Valley’s god.Baalbek is also the place of birth of Baal. Most of the tourists in theLebanon city come here to visit the Baalbek. It is also said that theadmiration of Baal is the amalgamation form of God Jupiter, who wasthen called the Heliopolitian. It is said that the history of Baalbekis rooted to 5000 years back. A lot of tourists visit this placebecause of the spirituality that is attached to it.