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Temples of Baalbek

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the temple complex found at Baalbek - a small town in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, just 56 miles (90km) from Beirut - is regarded as the world's finest surviving example of Imperial Roman architecture. An ancient area, rich in history - it was known as Heliopolis ('City of the Sun') during the Hellenistic Period - the towering, intricately-carved monuments of Baalbek continue to amaze and delight visitors to the region. Even for non-history buffs, a visit to the acropolis at Baalbek is deeply fascinating - representing a confluence of exquisitely-preserved Greco-Roman architecture built over the course of two centuries. Consisting of 24 monoliths, numerous religious structures, and the grand Temple of Jupiter (surrounded by 20-metre-tall columns), the temples of Baalbek are an essential inclusion in any Lebanese travel itinerary. Moreover, the town of Baalbek - home to only 72,000 permanent residents - is a wonderful place to stop over and rest for a few days on your Middle East adventure.

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Arabic is the official language. French and English are also spoken.

The official currency is the Lebanese Pound (LBP), which is divided into 100 Piastres. The Lebanese Pound is locally known as the 'Lira'. ATM machines are widely available in Lebanon except in isolated towns and cash can be withdrawn from banks during business hours. Credits cards are widely used and travellers checks in US dollars are accepted at major exchange offices.

Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
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