April - Baalbek, Lebanon. Six
columns of The Temple of Jupiter and the Great Court each 66 feet (20 metres)
high. Originally this building had 128 columns and was built on a massive plinth
of 27 huge limestone blocks. Four of these, each weighing over 300 tons, are in
a row near the bottom of the picture. Not in the picture, three blocks weighed
800 tons and two more are known to weigh 1200 tons. These megaliths are the largest
hand worked stones from anywhere in the world. The complex was built by the Romans
during the 1st century AD.
In 1984 UNESCO listed it as part of the Baalbek World Heritage Site. Baalbek as
a religious site dates back about 9000 years and was known by the Greeks as Heliopolis,
simply translated as City of the Sun. The town is at the head of the Bekaa valley
roughly 7.5 miles (12 kilometres) from the Syrian border.
MPP Microflex Twin Lens Reflex with F3.5 77.5mm Taylor Taylor Hobson lens. Film
Kodak Verichrome Pan with Yellow filter x1 - F8 1/125 second. Developed by Photo
Sphinx, Jack Kassab in Beirut.
Lebanon 62-03-02© Tony Morrison