called by the Greeks Heliopolis i.e., "the city of the sun", because of its famous Temple of the Sun, has by some been supposed to be Solomon's "house of the forest of Lebanon" (1 Kings 7:2; 10:17; 2 Chr. 9:16); by others it is identified with Baal-gad (q.v.). It was a city of Coele-Syria, on the lowest declivity of Anti-Libanus, about 42 miles north-west of Damascus. It was one of the most splendid of Syrian cities, existing from a remote antiquity. After sustaining several sieges under the Moslems and others, it was finally destroyed by an earthquake in 1759. Its ruins are of great extent.
With such foundations as these, it is little wonder that baalbec has lasted so long.
We went to the quarry from whence the stones of baalbec were taken.
All the doorways mentioned above have cornices, and in those at Palmyra and baalbec richly carved friezes with side corbels.
When among the ruins of baalbec, a soldier came, and for some time hung about us.
Look at poor cropped and dilapidated "baalbec," and weep for the sentiment that has been wasted upon the Selims of romance!
The pillars before the building were large, but not equal to those of baalbec.
One instance of this I well remember—it occurred hard by a small town in the plain of baalbec, where I was at the time residing.
The artist must have seen the great portal of the Temple of the Sun at baalbec.
Mary let them wrap round her face the veil of gauze of baalbec, and went to meet Iftikhar.
baalbec stands near the foot of the Anti-Lebanon, a little above the general level of the plain.