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Baalbek - the monuments.

..... ....The second temple, now called the temple of Bacchus because of bacchic motives carved at certain points, is in fact the temple of the female counterpart of Baal, namely Baalat, Ishtar or Artagatis. It is in a very good state of preservation and is greatly admired both by connoisseurs and by tourists. It is 70 metres long and is surrounded by a peristyle of 48 columns 20 metres high, bearing an entablature with a frieze of lions, bulls and acanthus leaves, all richly carved. Its entrance is truly monumental, 13 metres high by 7.5 metres wide, finely worked. The nave has fluted columns in relief on the walls. There is a cella or choir 27 metres by 22. The adyton or altar of the divinity, placed high, makes the building a religious monument of the highest order. The third temple, a smaller one, placed further to the east and now named after Venus, is a work of wonderful good taste and delicacy. It has a door six metres high and three metres wide, which is approached through a portico with a double colonnade, and a cella or choir admirably adorned with sculptured garlands. Every year this grandiose complex of temples is the setting for festivals unrivalled throughout the Middle East for drama, music and folklore, with sun and lights, putting the whole site on the highest level of culture and unforgettable emotion..... ....


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