Step into Baalbek, the "City of the Sun" and be awestruck by the staggering scale of the ruins. Located in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon, the city contains some of the largest Roman ruins ever discovered. The first view that PlanetHoppers! have of Baalbek is the six huge Corinthian columns of the Temple of Jupiter thrusting 22 meters (~ 72 ft) into the skyline, which was at one time the greatest temple in the Roman Empire. 42 majestic Corinthian columns adorn the lesser-known Temple of Bacchus, one of the best-preserved Roman temples in the world. The Great Court of Baalbek temple complex offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city. The Roman construction was built on top of earlier ruins. The retaining walls contain colossal stones that weight up to 800 tons each, with a huge behemoth called the Stone of the Pregnant Woman that weighs over 1000 tons and lies in a nearby quarry. Even with modern-day technology, these stone would be difficult to move; and many question how the "ancients" could have accomplished this feat. To this day, there are lingering mysteries surrounding Baalbek. However, there is one definite fact, a visit to this ancient site will leave you amazed.
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- Location: Baalbek, Lebanon