A Temple to Bacchus in Lebanon

A friend of mine is currently working in Beirut and had the opportunity to visit Baalbeck, which is home to a temple complex in stunning condition. The city was known as Heliopolis in ancient times (a quick look at wiki confirmed this) and the temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has a Temple to Bacchus and a Temple to Jupiter. My friend was kind enough to allow me to share his photographs with you, though he wishes to remain anonymous. These are just breathtaking (esp. the plaque with the image of Bacchus).

Bacchus plaque in Baalbeck’s Temple of Bacchus
Baalbeck Temple Complex Columns
Baalbeck Temple Complex
Panoramic view of Baalbeck temple complex

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Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on August 31, 2021, in hellenic things, Lived Polytheism, Roman Things, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Hail Bacchus of Lebanon!

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  2. Hail to the Great Liberator.

    Thank you for sharing the photos.

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  3. It’s funny he just happens to be in Beirut. Beirut is named after the nymph Beroe who was wooed by both Poseidon and Dionysos!

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  4. Is this place safe? I don’t want this to end up like Palmyra

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    • let us pray so. that it remains safe and secure.

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      • I think the people in the region, while devout Muslims, realize it’s part of their cultural heritage and are very proud to show it off. A few years back I believe Hizbollah pushed back Isil from Syria when they tried to encroach on the region.

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  5. These are stunning! What an incredible piece of history. I hope it continues to be preserved and protected.

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  6. I was able to visit Baalbek in 2000. The temple is truly remarkable.

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