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Qasr el Banat, Lebanon

Qasr el Banat
Alternate name Qasr el Banât, Qasr al Banat, Kasr el-Banat, Qasr El-Banaat
Region Baalbek

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Cultures Roman
Site notes
Condition Ruins
Public access Yes

Qasr el Banat is an ancient temple situated Script error: No such module "convert". east of Chlifa in the Baalbek District of the Beqaa Governorate in Lebanon.[1][2] The local tourism brochure suggests the site was called the Girls palace and was the residence of virgins in Roman times.

George F. Taylor classified Qasr el Banat amongst a group of Temples of the Beqaa Valley. It is suggested to date to Ancient Roman, Ancient Greek eras or earlier. The temple is located on a rocky plateau, accessible by a climb up a hill. The top of the hill is covered in various platforms, cisterns, tanks and steps that have been carved out of solid bedrock. Amongst the remains is a small antae temple, constructed of large square blocks that was used as a fortress in later times. Some sections remain intact built up two or three layers high. A basilica from a later period was built alongside the temple.[1]

There are two circular structures located around Script error: No such module "convert". southeast of the temple that are thought to have been examples of the high places referenced in the Bible.


  1. ^ a b George Taylor (1967). The Roman temples of Lebanon: a pictorial guide. Dar el-Machreq Publishers. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Othmar Keel (1997). The Symbolism of the Biblical World: Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Book of Psalms. Eisenbrauns. pp. 158–. ISBN 978-1-57506-014-9. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 

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