Baalbeck, Lebanon and Palmyra, Syria

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Baalbeck, Lebanon’s greatest Roman treasure, can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world. The largest Roman temples ever raised, they are built on an ancient tell that goes back at least to the end of the third millennium BC. The Romans placed the Temple of Jupiter on an enclosed court that was first built on the tell during the first millennium BC and was enlarged during the Hellenistic period. The first view the visitor has of Baalbeck is the six Corinthian columns of this temple soaring into the sky. Built on a podium seven...

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Krak des Chevaliers, Syria

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The hill on which Krak des Chevaliers was constructed, was originally the site of a smaller fort called the “Castle on the slope”. The Emir of Homs, who garrisoned his Kurdish soldiers there to protect the Syrian interior, took it over in 1011. In 1110, the Crusaders under Tancred, Prince of Antioch, occupied the small fortress. It housed a garrison of four thousand soldiers and fortifications were built throughout their occupation. The stronghold was attacked in 1163 by Nur ed-Din Sultan of Damascus and besieged again by Saladin...

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