Baalbek, Lebanon: Where the Roman ruins outstrip Rome

By Adrian Mourby, for CNNUpdated 19th July 2013
The Temple of Bacchus, one of the three main temples at the site.
A former Lebanese army sergeant, Abdul Nabi al-Afi found an archeological treasure in a rubbish-filled gorge.
A former Lebanese army sergeant, Abdul Nabi al-Afi found an archeological treasure in a rubbish-filled gorge.
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A Roman sarcophagus found at Heliopolis. The temple was far vaster than anything seen in Rome itself.
A Roman sarcophagus found at Heliopolis. The temple was far vaster than anything seen in Rome itself.
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A ram in the Becaa Valley: despite regional strife, this Lebanese enclave retains a certain calm.
A ram in the Becaa Valley: despite regional strife, this Lebanese enclave retains a certain calm.
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Location of Beqaa Valley and Baalbek
Location of Beqaa Valley and Baalbek
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Things might be slightly ramshackle in the Beqaa Valley, but its attractions are world class.
Things might be slightly ramshackle in the Beqaa Valley, but its attractions are world class.
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