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Great altar, 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
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Bull's head. Photo Jona Lendering.
Bull's head.
The Great Altar is not the greatest altar at Faqra: the Tower of Claudius is larger. Still, with a height of six meter, it is an impressive monument. The parapet is interrupted on two places, which make it possible to place a ladder against the building. This means that only small animals can have been sacrificed on this altar.

One wall is decorated with a relief of a bull's head. The typical decoration of the parapet (photo below, to the right) is also known from Petra. Over there, it is believed to be a representation of mud brick structures, and it is called "Assyrian style" because it is supposed to be Mesopotamian. It is believed to be Early Hellenistic.

A satellite photo of the altar area is here.

Great altar, Faqra. Photo Jona Lendering. Great altar, Faqra. Photo Jona Lendering. Great altar, Faqra. Photo Jona Lendering.

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