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Each Of These Little Known Photos From History Have A Bizarre Story Behind Them

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Temple of Bacchus in ancient Heliopolis, modern Baalbek, Lebanon (temple built by Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius (138-161 AD), the best preserved of the sanctuary's three temples,)

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19th century print of the Roman ruins of Baalbek in Lebanon showing the entrance to the Temple of Bacchus (compare to photo of the same, today)

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One of my best destinations!!! I like to go back! The ruins of the Roman Temple of Bacchus at Baalbek, Lebanon.

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Located at an altitude of approximately 1,170 meters in the Beqaa valley, Baalbek is known to have been settled from at least 7,000 BC, however, some researchers, such as Graham Hancock, argue that its roots go back as many as 12,000 years. One of the most incredible features is the megalithic foundations of the Temple of Jupiter. It was built on platform of stones, and according to the German Archaeological Institute, the stone above the largest known stone block ever carved by human hands.

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