|ALEF ANCIENT PLACES - LEBANON - BAALBEK|
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Named after the head of the Phoenician pantheon, the sun god Baal. Later called Heliopolis by the Greeks. Today, considered to be a difficult and dangerous journey for tourists.
TEMPLE OF BACCHUS
TEMPLE OF JUPITER
TEMPLE OF THE SUN FOUNDATION
Some scientists believe that the platform at Baalbek is one of the only prediluvial sites to survive the flood. The Romans desecrated the site to construct the largest temples they ever built.
TEMPLE OF THE SUN STONES
The Trilithon consists of three sixty-four-foot limestone blocks, each weighing over 1,500 tons. The best modern cranes could not lift or move them. Local Arabic Legends claim that Cain had it built in Genesis. Other legends attribute its construction to the Cyclops, thus the term "Cyclopean masonry" to describe the megalithic structures at Sacsayhuaman, Mycenae, Malta, Persepolis, and elsewhere.
STONE OF THE PREGNANT WOMAN
The Stone of the Pregnant Woman, still connected to rock in the quarry, is seventy-feet long and estimated to weigh between 1,500 and 2,000 tons. It is said that a woman became pregnant after sleeping on it.
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