The Champagne Backpacker: Michael's Round the World Trip 2005-2007-- The Adventure of a Lifetime travel blog

Baalbek, Lebanon

Temple of Bacchus

Temple of Jupiter

Inside the Temple of Bacchus

Wednesday, August 10. Baalbek, Lebanon. Baalbek is Lebanon's number one tourist attraction and arguably the most impressive Roman site in the Middle East. It's located 86 km northeast of Beirut in the Bekaa Valley. The Bekaa Valley is base to Hezbollah (Party of God). It's a two hour minibus ride from Beirut (5000 LL). I spent a couple of hours wandering the relatively compact site and city. Baalbek is considered one of the ancient wonders of the world. The highlights are the Temple of Jupiter and the adjacent Temple of Bacchus. Only six columns remain of the Temple of Jupiter (originally completed around 60 A.D.), but their immense size convey the massiveness and majesty of the original structure. The Temple of Bacchus (150 A.D.) is largely intact and amazingly well preserved.

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