Tempt­ing tem­ples

BBC Music Magazine - - Musical Destinations -

While in the re­gion it’s worth spend­ing a day vis­it­ing the tem­ples of Baal­beck in the Bekaa Val­ley. Built in the first and se­cond cen­turies

AD, these are some of the great­est Ro­man tem­ples ever built. There are sev­eral tem­ples here, but it is the Tem­ple of Jupiter and Bac­chus that are the most im­pres­sive. Even more so when you dis­cover the gran­ite columns at the en­trance were brought from Aswan in Egypt. In the great court of the Jupiter tem­ple was a sac­ri­fi­cial al­tar reached by stairs from which the tem­ple sanc­tu­ary, off lim­its to or­di­nary peo­ple, would have been vis­i­ble. Although smaller, the Bac­chus Tem­ple sur­vives more in­tact, its en­trance dec­o­rated with in­ter­twin­ing vines and opium pop­pies.

An in­dul­gence: the Bac­chusTem­ple in Baal­beck

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