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“If you are in Lebanon, one must visit this” 5 of 5 stars
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Temples of Baalbek
Baalbeck, Lebanon
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Baalbeck
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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“If you are in Lebanon, one must visit this”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

We visited the ruins many years ago in 1990, and just returned. They have made improvements to the area which is a good thing to see. Open pits and overly-dangerous edges are now roped off or sealed; however, if you have rambunctious children, then this is not the place to bring them in my opinion. The historical value in undeniable, with helpful informational signage placed at strategic points to give one a good perspective of the immediate area. The entry cost for non-nationals is 15,000 Lebanese liras, or approximately $10 CAD per person. Beware....the hawkers trying to sell you trinkets can be overwhelming, especially if you actually do purchase something from one of them which we did. They were extremely persistent, all the way up to the door of our taxi!
The ruins themselves are a marvel, of course - like stepping back through a time machine. The area containing the ruins is very large. One could very well spend a number of hours there. As we turned to exit down a cool, dark tunnel, we noticed on the left that there was another tunnel which had individual displays of various carvings along with detailed descriptions. A mini-museum of sorts, explaining in depth the history of the entire region as well as specifics on Baalbek itself. A young fellow who worked as a guide in this museum explained to us that the tunnels themselves were used as barns for the Roman horses. When the temperature would soar into the 40 + degree Celsius range outside, the animals would be kept cool in the tunnels which averaged a temperature of 15 degree Celsius. The daughter of Marcus Aurelius has a carving on display in this tunnel dedicated to her. Her real name was Sabina, and not Lucilla as in the "Gladiator" movie!
The political situation in Lebanon is relatively stable at the moment, considering that there is war going on next door in Syria. The closer one gets to the Lebanese-Syrian border, the more chances one would have in running into a problem. Going up to Baalbek is still ok. One could rent a private taxi from Beirut if you choose to go without a guide. As long as the taxi drivers and tour companies are going there, it should be good. They would know firsthand if there were any serious issues brewing and would advise you accordingly. I'm not sure of the cost of tours, but a private taxi rented for 6 hours or so would be around $100 CAD. One can always haggle : ) and look for a newer vehicle to take you. We had a driver take 6 of us in his Renault minivan and it worked out fine.
We were there May 2, and heard some sporadic gunfire in the area outside of the ruins. Didn't see anything though, and we came and left without incident.
An experience you don't want to miss.

Visited May 2013
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“Big and beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

Its a nice place to see, its just so big!
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable but clearly in a rush to get around.
They were rebuilding the path outside which was interesting to cross (wet cement here and there). Watch out for souvenir chewing gum sellers, they become annoying if they follow you, just tell them to go away.
Baalbek does have safety issues but its rare to cross them first hand, something did happen at night after our visit but that was just the locals having a dispute.

Visited April 2013
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“Fantastic and totally safe to visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Myself and a friend travelled to Lebanon, ignoring all the warning and I am so pleased we did. Baalbek is fantastic and well worth the visit. It is an easy day trip from Beirut. We used a local company that I found on Trip Advisor Lebanon Tours and Travel - Hussein Abdallah. I would recommend this mode of transport as it means you get to see a few other sites as well.

Visited March 2013
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“Best Roman site in Lebanon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

I enjoyed the wondering around the ruins of Baalbek. First site where they are more busy selling Hezbollah t-shirts then so called real artifacts.

Visited April 2013
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“Stunning”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Absolute must if you are in Lebanon! The sheer scale of the architecture is mind-boggling! Imagining how the Romans partied with Bacchus was pretty fun too!

Visited April 2013
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