1- Baalbeck Citadel (Jupiter Temple,Bacchus Temple, Venus Temple)
The Temple of Jupiter was a colossal temple dedicated to the cult of Zeus, located in Hekiopolis or Baalbeck. It was the main building in a huge “Great Court” (or “Sanctuary”) of a Roman pagan temple complex that still partially stands. Read more
Temple of Bacchus
The Temple of Bacchus at Baalbeck, a World Heritage site, is one of the best preserved and grandest Roman temple ruins in the world. It and its ornamentation served as an influential model for Neoclassical architecture. The temple was commissioned by Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius and designed by an unknown architect and built close to the courtyard in front of the larger temple of Jupiter-Baal. Read more
The temple of Venus was built in the third century. It has a highly original design: built on a horseshoe-shaped platform, it consists of a circular shrine with a square entrance that is almost as big. The outer façade of the shrine is graced by five niches, which means that there is not a single square wall. In the niches are representations of doves and shells, which has been taken as evidence that the shrine was dedicated to Venus.
Stone of the pregnant woman, Baalbeck
The largest stone ever found in the world is the Stone of The South or Hajar al Hobla in Baalbek. So how in the world did someone cut 1500 tons limestone stone with extreme precision, transport them and stack them 7 meters . Read more
From its founding in 1857, Château Ksara Estate lives and grows through the core values of Tradition, Nobility, and Modernity. And as the country’s oldest winery, Ksara portfolio of signature products is a testament to Ksara legacy and the Bekaa’s formidable terroir. Each bottle produced is with respect to Ksara core values of tradition, nobility, and modernity.
Anjar Ummayad site
Founded during the Umayyad period under Caliph Walid Ibn Abd Al-Malak (705-715), the city of Anjar bears outstanding witness to the Umayyad civilization. Anjar is an example of an inland commercial centre, at the crossroads of two important routes: one leading from Beirut to Damascus and the other crossing the Bekaa and leading from Homs to Tiberiade. The site of this ancient city was only discovered by archaeologists at the end of the 1940s. Excavations revealed a fortified city surrounded by walls and flanked by forty towers, a rectangular area (385 x 350 m). Read more
Where to eat?
Tawlet Ammiq is Souk el Tayeb’s second farmers’ kitchen and part of a development project in the Bekaa Valley – Lebanon’s most fertile land.
The vision behind its creation is to protect the natural and cultural heritage of the region, celebrate food and traditions that unite the communities there and support small-scale farmers and producers – particularly as they pursue a culture of sustainable agriculture.
Tawlet Ammiq was developed, designed and built in harmony with, and respect for, the land and its people. It is housed in one of the greenest buildings in Lebanon. Among its green features are Canadian wells, a unique insulation system, solar chimneys, a green roof, and a solar energy system.
Enjoy a weekend festive buffet and weekday set menu service built on the premises of Bekaa’s traditional recipes such as Kebbet Batata, Fweregh, Kechek akhdar and more prepared by local cooks. Read more