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Tripoli (Trablous)

Tripoli, 86km north of Beirut and half hour drive to Syrian border, is the second largest city in Lebanon. In ancient times it was the center of Phoenician confederation - hence its name from the Greek word "Tripolis".

Sahet et-Tall

Sahet et-Tall, "in evening dress"

In the old city, many historical sites
- mosques, souq, hammams and theological schools (madrassas) - remained.




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The Cedars

The Cedars, once covered the country, was cut down for timber trade with Egypt.
Solomon got the wood for his temple and palace from the cedar forests.

Park of the Cedar

the protected forest of the Cedar

Three thousand meters pathways have been built in this small forest,
so visitors can enjoy the grove without causing damage.


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Baalbek

Baalbek, in the Beqaa valley 86km from Beirut, was originally named after the god Ba'al, which means "Master", and designated the supreme God. It is the one of the largest Roman temple in the world. The temple complex is made up of the Jupiter Temple and the Bacchus Temple adjacent to it.

a panorama view of Baalbek

Left : Temple of Bacchus, Right : Temple of Jupiter



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Temple of Jupiter


The Temple of Jupiter, completed around 60 AD.

Originally surrounded by 54 external columns, but now only six colossal columns remain.

The six standing columns

The six standing columns (22m high)

It is on a high platform, you can reach by a monumental stairway.



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Temple of Bacchus

Next to the Jupiter complex is the Temple of Bacchus.

Built around 150 AD, it has been remarkably well preserved.

Temple of Bacchus

The lofty monumental gate is influenced by the Temple of Bel - Palmyra in Syria.



Sunset view


Sunset view

Sunset view of Baalbek



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