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The Haidara peculiar monument is located on the southern outskirts of the village of Qab Elias overlooking the valley of the Bekaa towards the East is carved into a steeply sloping limestone cliff, measuring 13 m wide and about 10 m high. Archeologists suggested the possibility of a Roman funerary and cultic function by comparing it to similar structures found in Petra.

This function seems consistent with the least cost path since the act of placing tombs on or near communication roads is a practice attested throughout the Roman world with the purpose of perpetuating the remembrance of the deceased among the living .

According to local legend, there was once a mirror on the face of the building that used to reflect sunlight down into the village, related to sun-worshiping Roman practices.

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