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  • The lagoon, Afqa.mount Lebanon
    The lagoon, Afqa.mount Lebanon
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    The lagoon, Afqa

    by nadina Written Jan 24, 2005

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    ""It is through discovering Nature and its infinite complexity that we gain a sense of our own Responsability""

    In Afqa is a huge grotto which is the source of the "Nahr Ibrahim" River. Across from the grotto are the remains of the Roman temple of Venus. Walk down the steps at the side of the structure to appreciate its massive size. A curved tunnel, still visible beneath the foundations, was used to channel water. Growing from between the temple's great stones is a fig tree with bits of material tied to its branches, a carryover from ancient tradition which attributed special powers to this spot.

    Although the temple was destroyed by the Christian Emperor Constantine (285-337 AD), it was later rebuilt by Julian the Apostate (360-363). The Adonis-Astarte fertility rite continued in Lebanon into the 5th century AD.

    Afqa is reached via Qartaba, turning right at the town of Majdel.

    The lagoon, Afqa.mount Lebanon
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    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel
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