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Brissa Inscriptions

Miniyeh-Danniyeh District

· Baalbeck-Hermel

One of the most astonishing sights I have ever seen in Lebanon, and I urge everyone to go and see it before its disappearance: the Nebuchadnezzar Steles, located in Brisa village, are the two biggest boards known by the neo-Babylonian culture, in addition to the longest neo-Babylonian inscription in the world (1,400 lines).

It is said that when Nebuchadnezzar conquered the Levant in 605 B.C , he left a little note saying : "I made this country happy. I made it so that the inhabitants of Lebanon live together in safety and nobody bothers them."

The carving represents on the first stele what was once a statue of a man with his right hand stretched out to catch an animal. On the second stele, one can see Nebuchadnezzar holding a tree (pic number 2), which is probably a cedar tree that the king took in abundance from the Lebanese mountains.

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