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Ras el-Ain Temple

· Baalbek-Hermel

Baalbek houses the remnants of a temple located in Ras el-Ain, about 1.5km southeast of the famous temple complex.

Structure 

The edifice is in a poor condition, having probably collapsed in late antiquity or been deliberately destroyed. Measuring around 15x8m, it was orientated to the east and was approached by a narrow staircase, surrounded by water. 

The venerated god is still unknown.  

At one point, the temple platform was later reused for a church probably during the Byzantine era and in the 13th century as the foundation for a small mosque.

Southeast of the temple, the remains of a nymphaeum can be seen, consisting of two semicircular exedra, one having a diameter of approx 3.8m and the other slightly smaller at 2.85m.  

It may be considered as the only underwater temple known to-date in Lebanon.

Scroll down to enjoy the pictures and to locate the site on the map.

Karim Sokhn

Tour Operator & Tour Guide

References:

Mnemosyne Supplements, history and archaeology of classical antiquity, volume 426

The temple's platform seen from 3 angles

Remnants of the nymphaeum

 

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