History of Baalbek [Michel M. Alouf, Tedd St Rain] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. At one time, the worldwide fame of the ruins at Baalbek. Baalbek is an ancient Phoenician city located in what is now modern day Lebanon, north of Beirut, in the Beqaa Valley. Inhabited as early. Author: Michel M. Alouf; Category: Voyages; Length: Pages; Year:

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The capital of Baalbek-Hermel Governorate[6] Baalbek has a population of approximately 82, [ citation needed ] mostly Shia Muslimsfollowed by Sunni Muslims and Christians.

It is a sign of the times in the troubled Middle East. It still possesses some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon, including one of the largest temples of the empire. No histogy can rightly say whether or not the Romans really did have the knowledge and expertise to construct the Great Platform; certainly some of the Temple of Jupiter’s tall columns of Aswan granite, at sixty-five feet in height, are among the largest in the world.

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Indeed, it is believed that Phoenicia’s baxlbek history heavily influenced the development of Greek myth and legend. He adds that after its arrival it was worshipped with Assyrian rather than Egyptian rites. How did the pulley gangs manage to bring together these stones so exactly and how were they able to achieve such precision movement when the land beyond the podium slopes gently downwards? Might this sea-faring connection help explain why the wooden coffin containing the body of Osiris was carried by the sea to Byblos, and why the priests of Alouv in Egypt took such an interest in Baalbek during Ptolemaic times?

Whishaw in her important work Atlantis in Andalucia uses excavated evidence of neolithic and possibly even palaeolithic sea-ports, sea-walls, cyclopean ruins and hydraulic works around the towns of Niebla and Huelva on the Andalucian coast to demonstrate the reality not only of Tartessus’s lost kingdom, but also of its links to Plato’s story of Atlantis.

Dhali Kition Larnaca Lapathus Marion. The Temple of Venus—also known as the Circular Temple or Nymphaeum [] —was added under Septimius Severus in the early 3rd century [ citation needed ] but destroyed under Constantinewho raised a basilica in its place. Account Options Sign in.


Return to Baalbek – A Colossal Enigma. Such ideas are pure speculation.

Did the legends suggesting that it was constructed by super-human giants during the age of Nimrod preserve some kind of bastardized memory of its foundation by the Byblos culture under Ouranus, Cronus or his brothers, the Titans? Baalbek has hot rainless summers with cold and occasionally snowy winters. Heliopolis of the East Scholars suggest that Baalbek started its life as a convenient trading post between the Lebanese coast and Damascus. New Dawn Magazine No.

So the Great Platform turns out to be Roman after all, or does it? In all he compiled nine books, which were translated into Greek by Philo, a native of Byblos on the Levant coast, who lived during the reign of the emperor Hadrian reigned AD Archaeological sites in Lebanon.

Secondly, the reliefs depicting the movement of large weights in Egypt and Assyria show individual pieces that are an estimated tonnes in weight – one tenth the size of the Trilithon stones. He stated that a ‘statue’ was carried ritually from Heliopolis in Egypt to its Lebanese name-sake by Egyptian priests. Academics suggest that this inner podium, or rectangular stone platform filled level with earth, was an unfinished component of an open-air temple constructed by the Seleucid priesthoods on the if Bronze Age tell sometime between and 63 BC.

Despite finding nothing they could date prior to Baalbek’s Roman occupation, [] Puchstein and his associates worked until [70] and produced a meticulously baalbke and thoroughly illustrated series of volumes.

Sanchoniatho goes on to say that the demi-gods of Byblos possessed ‘light and other more complete ships’, implying they were a sea-faring nation. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikivoyage. Ragette suggests the ‘bury and re-excavate’ method, 33 where ramps of compacted earth would be constructed on a slight incline up to the top of the wall – which before the Trilithon was added stood at an estimated twenty-five feet high.

Far off in Hell According og classical mythology, the Titans were eventually defeated by Jupiter and his fellow Olympian gods and goddesses. This much is known.

City in Baalbek-Hermel, Lebanon. Conservation work at Lebanon’s historic sites began in October. Yet if we were to accept this possibility, then we must also ask ourselves: Bbaalbek in Phoenicia; not to be confused with the Egyptian bishopric Heliopolis in Augustamnica was baaalbek bishopric under Roman and Byzantine rule, but it was wiped out by Islam.


Alouf Snippet view – Perhaps he is right, but in my opinion its high elevation hints at the fact that it once served as some kind of platform for the observation of celestial and stellar events.

There is no good reason why the Roman architects should have needed to use such huge blocks, totally unprecedented vaalbek engineering projects of the classical age. It is a subject I am currently investigating for a future article. Of course it is possible, but whether or not it was of any practical use when it came to the construction of the Trilithon is quite another matter.

So exact was this design that it allouf certain the architects and masons had positioned their blocks using this scale plan. Stones that Moved In surviving folklore from both Egypt and Palestine there are tantalizing accounts of how sound, used in association with ‘magic words’, was able to lift and move baalbeek stone blocks and statues, or open huge stone doors.

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Firstly there appears to have been a strong link between Isis-Osiris legend and baqlbek mountains north-west of Baalbek. They have suggested that the Romans built upon an existing structure of immense antiquity. Elevated above the lazy town of Baalbek is one of architecture’s greatest achievements. Playing devil’s advocate here, I would ask: I refer to the almighty Temple of Jupiter, situated besides historry smaller temples, one dedicated to Venus, the goddess of love, and the other dedicated to Bacchus, the god of fertility and good cheer although some argue this temple was dedicated to Mercury, the winged god of communication.

It is a solution that rings hollow in my ears.