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Temple of Adonis. 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
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The Temple of Adonis is built in the rocks of Faqra, so it's partly a rock sanctuary. It does not rest on a platform. In front of the shrine, to the east, is a large, square court with an altar, surrounded by a colonnade, and there's another altar standing in front of the entrance. A satellite photo of the complex can be seen here.

Temple of Adonis. Photo Jona Lendering. Temple of Adonis. Photo Jona Lendering. Temple of Adonis. Photo Jona Lendering. Temple of Adonis. Photo Jona Lendering.
Temple and rocks
The entrance
The entrance and the sanctuary
General view

Before you entered the temple, you would see the sanctuary, partly built within the rocks (as shown on the photo above to the left), and the outer altar (below to the left).

Temple of Adonis. Photo Jona Lendering. Temple of Adonis. Photo Jona Lendering. Temple of Adonis. Photo Jona Lendering. Temple of Adonis. Photo Jona Lendering.
The outer altar
The portico surrounding the court
The portico surrounding the court The portico surrounding the court

The square court was surrounded on three sides by a portico in the Doric building order. Several columns were sufficiently well-preserved to be re-erected.
Temple of Adonis. Photo Jona Lendering. Temple of Adonis. Photo Jona Lendering. Temple of Adonis. Photo Jona Lendering. Temple of Adonis. Photo Jona Lendering.
Court
Court altar
Court, seen from the sanctuary
The cella

The sanctuary itself has a façade with six Corinthian columns; they have been restored with much concrete, which gives an idea of what it must have looked like, but is still remarkably ugly. Inside the sanctuary are many inscriptions, which make it clear that the temple was dedicated to Adonis, and was built - in its present form - in the third century CE.


General Tower of Claudius
Great Altar Small Altar
Destroyed Altar
Temple Adonis
Temple Atargatis
Basilica
© Jona Lendering for
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