Baalbek temple theatre

September 10

From a 1964 trip that took in the entire middle east region, comes this image from a visit to Baalbek, in Lebanon. Seen here is the temporary stage set up for the annual Baalbek Festival, with part of the ancient Roman Temple of Jupiter as a backdrop. I like the colors of the seats, yellow was top price.


This ancient location is a world heritage site, with a settlement history going back 9000 years. The temple is one of the biggest and best preserved of the ancient Roman world. Read more.

Of course silly stories about alien landing pads have been touted, but this video about the layout, and building practices of the Romans, will set you straight:  video.

The Baalbek International music and cultural festival started in 1956 and was 9 years old when this pic was taken. It has had to stop now and then due to conflict in the region, but did take place this year. Festival site.

Before and after



Posted by on September 10, 2014 in Middle East, Museum

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