The temple and foundations of Baalbek offer an impressive feat of engineering—the Baalbek foundation stones are the largest quarried and placed stone blocks on the face of the Earth. The articles below suggest the foundation stones are far older than previously thought, predating the later Roman additions who were building on an already existing structure. The colossal stones (each weighing 800 tonnes) are situated in a wall of the great acropolis of Baalbek in Lebanon and it is said that: “They are so accurately placed in position and so carefully joined, that it is almost impossible to insert a needle between them.” (Michel Alouf, former curator of the ruins.)
- Baalbek – A Colossal Enigma
- Baalbek – A History
- Baalbek – ‘Heliopolis’, ‘City of the Sun’
- Baalbek – Lebanon’s Sacred Fortress
- The Myth of the Megalith
- War Comes to the “Landing Place”
Zecharia Sitchin writes: “I and those who have been with me to the place several years ago can attest that the ‘Roman ruins’ are indeed imposing remains of three magnificent temples, including the largest temple to Jupiter anywhere in the Roman empire, Rome itself included. But the Romans came there because the place had been revered earlier by the Greeks. Pompey, Rome’s conquering general, offered there sacrifices in 60 B.C. imitating Alexander the Great who paid there homage to Zeus centuries earlier. The Greeks came because the place was deemed a unique sacred site by the Phoenicians and the Babylonians before them; and before all those generals and emperors and kings, Gilgamesh, king of Uruk in ancient Sumer, went there circa 2900 B.C. to obtain immortality from the gods.” The sanctity of the site indeed stretches back to the neolithic, before civilizations of man arose.
The Colossal Stone Blocks: The most important section of this ancient site is where the remains of the Jupiter temple are located. Its ruins stand atop a platform that rose even higher by rows of perfectly shaped stone blocks weighing some 600 tons each; (By comparison, the stone blocks of the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt, weigh about 25 tons each). These are far from being the largest stone blocks there; the ever-rising layers of these stone blocks form, in the northwestern corner, a funnel-like stone tower. The western wall of that towerlike structure has been reinforced with rows (“courses”) of stone blocks weighing 900 tons each. On top of them, another higher course is made up of three unique stone blocks weighing 1,100 tons each. Known as the Trilithon, these are the largest cut and shaped construction stone blocks in the world!