Chalaaboun

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Chalaaboun[1] in Arabic شلعبون is an archeological site in south Lebanon, near Ain Ebel.

History[edit]

Ernest Renan visited Chalaaboun during his mission to Lebanon and described what he found in his book Mission de Phénicie (1865-1874). He found a tomb similar to that of Christ.[2]

In 1875 Victor Guérin called for the "attention to the sarcophagi alluded to by Lieutenant Kitchener. He says there are two which have sculptured on the sides a winged figure holding up a garland to right and left, the curve of which is surmounted on one side by a disc, and on the other by a cross. Beside one lies the cross, furnished with a ridge and acroteria. To the west of this hill rises a second, the slopes of which are terraced, the highest platform being sustained by a strong wall. Here are the vestiges of a small town, in the shape of cisterns and foundations of cut stones.[3]

In 1881, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described it: "Heaps of well-cut stones, some of large size ; four or five sarcophagi, very large and well-preserved, decorated with figures holding up a wreath, similar to those at Kades, but better preserved. There are also two caves and many cisterns, and a large birkeh on the south side. This was an ancient and important place.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kh. Shelabun: meaning "The ruin of Shelabun", where Shelabun was personal name, according to Palmer, 1881, p. 86
  2. ^ Renan, 1864, pp. 677-8
  3. ^ Guérin, 1880, pp. 110-111; as given in Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 245
  4. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 245

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Coordinates: 33°07′27″N 35°25′02″E / 33.1242°N 35.4172°E / 33.1242; 35.4172