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Faqra


The temple of Atargatis, 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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The temple of Atargatis - an inscription proves to whom the sanctuary was dedicated - is built next to the Temple of Adonis. It has an unusual, asymmetrical shape, with  a central gate and one window opening to the real shrine, which is on three sides surrounded by square niches. In the entrance is a round tank, which is almost certainly an addition from Late Antiquity, when Christians, who had built a church next to the temple, reused the temple as a baptistery.

In this temple, an inscription was discovered for the safety of the Herodian prince Julius Marcus Agrippa II and his wife Berenice, set up by one Strabo and the temple's high priest Gaius Mansuetus.

A satellite photo of the temple and the basilica is here.

The temple of Atargatis, Faqra. Photo Jona Lendering. The temple of Atargatis, Faqra. Photo Jona Lendering. The temple of Atargatis, Faqra. Photo Jona Lendering.

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