Templo de Júpiter - Baal , um dos maiores santuários do Império Romano , Heliópolis ( Baalbek Líbano) - assim chamado quando conquistada por Alexandre o Grande em 334 aC . Os deuses adorados lá , a tríade de Júpiter, Vênus e Baco, foram enxertadas nas divindades indígenas de Hadad , Atargatis e um jovem deus da fertilidade masculina . Influências locais são vistos no planejamento e layout dos templos , que variam desde o design clássico romano .
Baalbek is famous for its exquisitely detailed yet monumentally scaled temple ruins of the Roman period, when Baalbek, then known as Heliopolis, was one of the largest sanctuaries in the empire. It is Lebanon's greatest Roman treasure, and it can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world, containing some of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins.
The greatest of the Baalbek stones, perhaps 1200 tons ... Why these stones are such an enigma to contemporary scientists, both engineers and archaeologists alike, is that their method of quarrying, transportation and precision placement is beyond the technological ability of any known ancient or modern builders.
Stone of the pregnant woman, Baalbek Temple, Lebanon. Considered the largest hewn stone in the world, still sits where it was cut almost 2,000 years ago. (Some say 12,000 years ago) It weighs an estimated 1,000 tons. Not even our biggest and best cranes in modern times could lift this stone block, so how on earth was it moved to its present position?