The city dates back around 9000 years and has been almost continuously settled. Situated in Lebanon’s northern Beqaa valley, Baalbeck is home to some of the best preserved Roman ruins in the country, and the world. It was conquered by Alexander the Great in 334 BC and became a major city in the Greco-Roman era, at the time called “Heliopolis” or City of the Sun.
The historical monuments at Baalbeck, which was a pilgrimage site, are a Lebanese landmark known the world over and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. These remnants of Roman rule in the region include the temples of Jupiter (Baal), Venus and Bacchus.
Tourists flock to the site all year round to witness the immensity of the ruins and wonder at the well-preserved relics of the ancient world. Every year the temples also form a surreal backdrop for the Baalbeck International Festival, where musical, dance and theatrical performances are staged in the beautiful, unique and truly magnificent setting.
Don’t miss paying a visit to this unique world-renowned site only 85 km away from Beirut, and if you’ve been, keep coming back at different times and season to see it in all its glory throughout the year.