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Hosn Niha Temple

Zahleh District

· Bekaa

Two temples and a gigantic terrace dominate the head of the Niha valley above the Beqaa plain.

Built at the end of the second century AD, the Hosn Niha temple complex testify to Roman influence reaching most remote rural areas of Lebanon.

According to two Latin inscriptions found at the site, the temple complex of Hosn Niha was constructed by the contribution of the "faithful of the god Mifsenus" and was the center of a small village bearing the name of “Mifsa”.

However, the unfinished Corinthian style capitals of the larger temple might have witnessed its conversion to a Christian basilica and the gradual transition from paganism to Christianity during the fourth century.

It is one of the lesser known yet beautiful roman temple complex of Lebanon.

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