Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Whither Phoenician/Pre-Socratic - Greco/Roman - Judeo - Christian - Muslim - United Nations Wisdom And Civilization?

Baalbek, Lebanon (map). Site of the mysterious Ancient Phoenician-Greco-Roman Heliopolis Acropolis, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.

"This Phoenician city, where a triad of deities was worshipped, was known as Heliopolis during the Hellenistic [Greek] period. It retained its religious function during Roman times, when the sanctuary of the Heliopolitan Jupiter attracted thousands of pilgrims. Baalbek, with its colossal structures, is one of the finest examples of Imperial Roman architecture at its apogee."

The later Roman Emperor Justinian appropriated eight of the Roman columns for the Christian basilica of Hagia Sophia, in Constantinople; which is today a Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, NATO.

Photo credit: GEO Pressefoto-Archiv, Austria/Germany. With thanks.


Renaissance Anthropologist and Photographer Martin Grey on the long history of Baalbek, Lebanon, including the mysterious huge stone foundation blocks which some believe date from the same time as the Judaic Temple of Solomon.


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