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Temples of Baalbek

Baalbeck, Lebanon
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Baalbeck
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Type: Ancient Ruins
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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

If you do not like big crowds of tourists and do like historic sites this is right place to visit. Got there by public bus which was easy. There were only 5 other tourists except us which is amazing for place like this. On the way back to Beirut we visited Ksara winery, small tour in basements and wine tasting

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Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Fans of ancient Rome should absolutely not miss this stunning collection of temples, located deep in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. It contains an amazing collection of ruins that somehow, miraculously survived earthquakes, invasions by conquering tribes and changes in religion. It is a huge complex and takes your breath away on climbing the first set of stairs and viewing... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I have seen many of the great ruins of Classical civilization, and Baalbek can rival the best for its fine state of preservation and grand architecture. We visited last Thursday and were one of only three groups present during our two hour stay. Unfortunately for Lebanon, tourists seem scared to venture into this region, unnecessarily so in my opinion. That... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

As soon as you enter you can see this is not just another ancient temple! It's massive! No trouble getting there. The hotel advised against going but I am so glad I did! Hired a local guide that was very imformative (30 euros). If you are in Lebanon, it should be top on your list! Nothing can prepare you for... More

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Temples of Baalbek is the most impressive historical site i have been too. It is a huge site, well preserved and full of beautiful details! It is a must if visiting Lebanon or interested in knowing more about the roman empire... It is far from Beirut so an advice would be going with a travel agency on a big buss... More

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

My husband and I were deeply impressed by ruined temples, their dimensions and greatness. I highly recommend to take a guide because if you're are not a historian you may тще know the meaning of symbols carved on the temples and stones, it was really interesting to learn about it.

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Vienna, Wien, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I simply felt there in a historical movie. It was very impressive. As it is far from Beirut city centre, it was a good idea that we rented a car and drove ourselves. I highly recommend to read some before visiting there. If you don't know anything about, it is difficult to get comprehensive info about its history there. The... More

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Smederevska Palanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Amazing sight, showing in full power of Roman Empire... Colossal temples and other objects which are excavated are a smaller peace of the great city of Helios/ Baal (Sun) buried under the actual contemporary town of Baalbek. Walk gently.. you might be walking over Ishtar's or Dionis' traces...

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This is a great place to visit. I had a hire car and only 3 nights in Beirut / Lebabon. Took me two hours to drive up to Baalbek from Beirut. Driving in Beirut is manageable but sure is nerve wracking. Be prepared to be stopped at the various army checkpoints as you approach Baalbeck. I found parking on a... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I visited Baalbek at the end of March and it was one of the most impressive examples of Roman ruins in the middle east. The weather was very pleasant and the ruins were almost deserted (no tourism due to the troubles in Syria). I spent several hours wandering around the site and got some fantastic pictures. There were a few... More

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