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Faqra. Photo Jona Lendering. Faqra: site of several Roman monuments on the western slopes of the Lebanon Mountains.

General Tower of Claudius
Great Altar Small Altar
Destroyed Altar
Temple Adonis
Temple Atargatis
Basilica

Faqra - or, to use its full name: Qalaat Faqra, "Faqra Qastle"- is situated along one of the roads from the coast to Baalbek, high up the western slopes of the Lebanon range. On a high place in a landcape full of bizarre rocks, there are four altars, one of them rebuilt during the reign of the emperor Claudius and therefore named "tower of Claudius".

A bit lower on the slope are the remains of two temples, dedicated to Adonis and the Syrian goddess Atargatis. In Late Antiquity, the last-mentioned shrine was partly dismantled, and became a Byzantine basilica.

A satellite photo of the double complex is here. The altars are north of the road, the temples to the southeast.
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The rocks of Faqra. Photo Jona Lendering. Tower of Claudius, Faqra. Photo Jona Lendering. Great altar, Faqra. Photo Jona Lendering. Small altar, Faqra. Photo Jona Lendering.
The rocks
Tower of Claudius
Great altar
Small altar
Destroyed altar, Faqra. Photo Jona Lendering. Temple of Adonis. Photo Jona Lendering. The temple of Atargatis, Faqra. Photo Jona Lendering. Basilica, Faqra. Photo Jona Lendering.
Destroyed altar
Temple of Adonis
Temple of Atargatis
Christian basilica

General Tower of Claudius
Great Altar Small Altar
Destroyed Altar
Temple Adonis
Temple Atargatis
Basilica
Jona Lendering for
Livius.Org, 2012
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