A journey through Lebanon in 1851

A journey through Lebanon in 1851

Long before the declaration of Greater Lebanon, Dutch lieutenant and painter “Charles William Meredith Van de Velde” visited the Levant and wrote his amazing book “Narrative of a journey through Syria and Palestine in 1851 and 1852“. Along with this book, he made 100 lithographs of the main cities, monuments and places that he visited.

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The abandoned stones of Baalbeck

The abandoned stones of Baalbeck

Most of you have visited the city of Baalbeck but probably haven’t seen these 2000-year-old Roman monoliths.

The Stone of the Pregnant Woman, together with other nearby stone blocks, are among the largest monoliths ever quarried. The building blocks were presumably intended for Jupiter temple but they never made it out of the quarry.

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