Baalbek City

Located at a historic trading crossroads, the ancient City of the Sun, Baalbek, stands against time with huge temples that are among the wonders of the ancient world.

Baalbek overlooks the Bekaa Valley east of the Litani River, a timeless testament to the Roman Empire’s legacy of wealth and power. 

 

Getting there:

Baalbek is around 85 kilometers (53 miles) northeast of Beirut. You can reach it by passing through al-Hermel or al-Arz. It’s much easier, however, to take the Damascus highway from Beirut, turning left along the Chtaura road into the rural areas of the Bekaa. 

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Things to do

Ra's al-Ayn Mosque

Known as “Masjid el-Hussein,” this mosque was built in 681 AD on the ruins of an ancient Phoenician temple, the stones of which were appropriated for...

Baalbek International Festival

Inaugurated in 1956 by then-President Camille Chamoun, the Baalbek International Festival is Lebanon and the Middle East’s oldest and most prominent...

Stone of the Pregnant Woman

An enormous Roman monolith with many legends behind its name. Some say Hadjar al-Hibla was named after a pregnant woman who convinced the people of...

Bustan al-Khan

Among the monumental buildings at Bustan al-Khan (the Khan's Garden), which is south of the Temple of Jupiter, is a portico with 12 columns, which...

Qoubbat Douris

Located at the southern entrance of town, Qoubbat Douris houses an Ayyoubid tomb and was once topped by a dome-shaped cupola. It was built in the...

Qoubbat As-Saadin

Not far from the City Gate lies Qoubbat As-Saadin, a two-room mausoleum built in 1409, which served as a burial place for the Mamluk governors of...

Al-Amjad Dome

Commonly referred to as “Qoubbat al-Amjad,” this site refers to the remains of the Zawiya Mosque and the tomb of Sheikh Abdallah Al-Youmînî, which...

Baalbek Museum

Inaugurated in 1998 to commemorate the centennial of Emperor Wilhelm II's visit to Baalbek, the museum displays various archeological finds (statues...