The Temple of Eshmun is an ancient place of worship dedicated to Eshmun, the Phoenecian god of healing. It is located near the Awali river, 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) northeast of Sidon in southwestern Lebanon. The site was occupied from the 7th century BCE to the 8th century CE, suggesting an integrated relationship with the nearby city of Sidon. Although originally constructed by Sidonian king Eshmunazar II in the Achaemenid era(c. 529–333 BCE) to celebrate the city's recovered wealth and stature, the temple complex was greatly expanded by Bodashtart, Yatan-milk and later monarchs. The sanctuary consists of an esplanade and a grand court limited by a hugelimestone terrace wall that supports a monumental podium which was once topped by Eshmun's Graeco-Persian stylemarble temple. The Eshmun Temple declined and fell into oblivion as paganism was overrun by Christianity and its large limestone blocks were used to build later structures. The temple site was rediscovered in 1900 by local treasure hunters who stirred the curiosity of international scholars. Maurice Dunand, a French archaeologist, thoroughly excavated the site from 1963 until the beginning of the Lebanese Civil War in 1975. After the end of the hostilities and the retreat of Israel from South Lebanon, the site was rehabilitated and inscribed to the World Heritage Site tentative list. (more...)
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Thanks chief! :) JAR (talk) 23:30, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
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i appreciate your contribution in wikipedia as a lebanese volunteer. i am a new member here, i love to have you as a friend and to cooperate with you for the best of our country.
thank you for your work... Johnny 9 0 (talk) 14:17, 21 December 2011 (UTC)