Qalaat Faqra

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Qalaat Faqra
Ruins of the temple of Adonis at Faqra Lebanon.jpg
Qalaat Faqra is located in Lebanon
Qalaat Faqra
location in Lebanon
Coordinates34°00′06″N 35°48′18″E / 34.001667°N 35.805°E / 34.001667; 35.805
History
BuilderRomans
Site notes
Conditiondestroyed

Qalaat Faqra is an archaeological site in Kfardebian, Lebanon, with Roman and Byzantine ruins. Located near the Faqra ski resort on the slopes of Mount Sannine at an altitude of 1500 m, it is one of the most important sites of the UNESCO-listed Nahr al-Kalb valley.

The ruins are the most extensive Roman archeological site in Mount Lebanon that consists of columns, altars tombs and temples, including the Claudius Tower with its Greek inscription that states that the building, which at one time was topped with a pyramid-shaped roof like Kamouh el Hermel, was renovated by the Roman emperor Claudius in honor of Adonis in CE 43-44.[1] The tower has a 16m square base.[2]

The site includes a temple to Zeus Beelgalasos, a sanctuary of Atargatis dedicated to Agrippa II and his sister Berenice, and two altars, built in 44 A.D.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doyle, Paul. Lebanon, Bradt Travel Guide, 1st edition (March 1, 2012), page 195.
  2. ^ Kropp, Andreas J. M. (2013). Images and Monuments of Near Eastern Dynasts, 100 BC - AD 100. OUP Oxford. pp. 333–335. ISBN 9780199670727. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  3. ^ Kropp, Andreas J. M. (2013). Images and Monuments of Near Eastern Dynasts, 100 BC - AD 100. OUP Oxford. pp. 333–335. ISBN 9780199670727. Retrieved 4 April 2018.