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The columns of Jupiter

Baalbeck in Lebanon is the home to the mightiest roman temple complex ever built. The largest of the temples on the site was the massive temple of Jupiter. It sat at the highest point of the complex atop a foundation of stones on a massive scale - the largest weighing it at an estimated 800 tons.


The only thing remaining of the actual temple now are six of the Corinthian columns that formed part of the side of the temple. The columns measure in at a massive 22 meters high. This is only a fraction of the original 54 that was originally there but give a sense of the scale of the temple which was originally 88 meters long and 48 meters wide. To get a sense of how it looked one can just look one of the remaining temple at the site, which is much smaller but still very big.


Some of the other columns have tumbled over during the years which make it possible to look at the lion-heads that can be found at the top of the columns.


You can see other images from Baalbeck and elsewhere in Lebanon in my Lebanon set


You should watch this Large On Black since that brings out more details. My pictures aren't balanced for a white background.


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Taken on April 29, 2012