Temple of Eshmun

The Temple of Eshmun is an ancient place of worship dedicated to Eshmun, the Phoenician god of healing and one of the most important divinities of the Phoenician pantheon as well as the main male divinity of Saida.


The legend of Eshmun is an amusing one: A young man from Beirut, Eshmun was hunting in the woods when Astarte saw him and was stricken by his beauty. She harassed him with her amorous pursuit until he emasculated himself with an axe and died. The grieving goddess revived Eshmun and transported him to the heavens where she made him into a uranic god.


The temple is located 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) northeast of Saida, the continued expansion of the temple complex spanned many centuries and the sanctuary features a wealth of architectural and decorative styles.


The site opens daily from 7:30 a.m. to sunset. Entry is free. 

Temple History Phoenician Period Saida (Sidon) Saida (Sidon) District South Lebanon Summer Sightseeing Historical Tourism