Haidara, Lebanon’s Litte Petra

I used to spot this mysterious monument on my way to school, and I’ve always wondered about its origins. I’ve even once tried to reach it by foot during my school days, but I didn’t succeed.

Haidara is an unfinished tomb carved in the rocks of a high cliff in Kab-Elias town in Central Bekaa. Some say it dates back to the beginning of the Roman era, others to the Persian Achaemenid period.

According to myths and traditions, locals claim that this monument is a Sun Temple because it used to reflect the early rays of the sun on its polished marble facade. Someone living nearby even claimed that it’s a gate to another dimension and that a cow once disappeared while walking near it! πŸ›ΈπŸ„

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