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Temple of Bacchus

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Temple of Bacchus

This Temple, located in the World Heritage Site of Baalbek, is considered one of the best-preserved Roman structure remnants in the world. It served as a dominant model of neoclassical architecture with its impressive decorations. Although smaller than the temple of Jupiter, it is still an impressive structure with dimensions of 69m long x 36m wide x 31m high.

The sanctuary was constructed next to the courtyard ahead of the larger temple of Jupiter Baal. Initially, 42 Corinthian columns were built, but only 19 remain standing today, reaching 19 meters high. The temple was dedicated to the worship of the storm god Ba'al.

The Temple's refined carvings and inscriptions have survived from antiquity. The interior of the Temple features a main body measuring around 98ft, a sanctuary measuring around 36ft, and fronted by 13 steps raised on a 5ft platform.

The temple is renowned for its monumental dimensions, lavishly ornamented stonework, and overwhelming gate with Bacchic designs. The ornamental stone descriptions incorporate rows of lions and bulls, logos symbolically associated with the two deities.

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Baalbek +
Baalbek District, Baalbek-Hermel Governorate
Part of
Archaeological site , Historical site , Temple
Characteristics and classifications
Architecture & Style (1) +
Roman architecture
Dynasty & Civilization (1) +
Heritage Classification (1) +
World Heritage Site
Period of History (1) +
2nd century