Place:Baalbek, Beqaa, Lebanon


Alt namesBa'labakksource: Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer (1961); USBGN: Foreign Gazetteers
Balabakksource: Canby, Historic Places (1984) I, 70
Baʿalbeksource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 103
Baʿlabakksource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Colonia Iulia Augusta Felix Heliopolissource: ARLIS/NA: Ancient Site Names (1995)
Heliopolissource: GRI Photo Archive, Authority File (1998) p 10283; Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites (1979)
Heliopolis Syriaesource: ARLIS/NA: Ancient Site Names (1995)
Coordinates34.0°N 36.2°E
Located inBeqaa, Lebanon
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Baalbeck, also known as Baalbek ( / ALA-LC: , Lebanese pronunciation: ) is a town in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon situated east of the Litani River. Known as Heliopolis during the period of Roman rule, it was one of the largest sanctuaries in the empire and contains some of the best preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon. The gods that were worshipped at the temple – 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.

Baalbeck is home to the annual Baalbeck International Festival. The town is about northeast of Beirut and about north of Damascus. It has a population of approximately 82,608, mostly Shia Muslims.

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