Baalbek is perhaps the most spectacular archeological site in Lebanon and it is among the largest and best preserved set of Roman ruins in the world. No trip to Lebanon is complete without a visit to this remarkable place. However, the history of Baalbek is not confined to the Roman conquests, for its history dates back to the first millenium B.C.E. One of the difficulties in appreciating such a site is that is difficult to get a sense of its scope from individual photos online. In light of this, we have created (and, 18 years later, re-created) a virtual tour, consisting of interlocking 360 degree panoramas with embedded audio, photographs and videos within each scene to provide a more accurate view of this amazing site.
Baalbek During Roman Rule:
Before commencing the
actual tour, let us get a sense of what the site looked
like during the Roman Era. While its history stretches
back much further, most of the ruins visible today harken
from that time period. The animated photo to the
right shows an artist's recreation of the temple complex
under Roman rule, and it is helpful to keep this "mental
map" in mind as your tour the ruins. The animated
gif to the left cycles through a reconstruction of the
Roman era and then a map of the current ruins.
Virtual Tour of Baalbek
For iOS devices: scan QR code with your device's camera app, tap on the prompt to open Safari. Select "Allow Device Motion" and the next prompt, "Allow Access to Motion Orientation." Turn the device to landscape mode and a split screen will appear. When the screen turns white, swipe up for fullscreen mode, and place in headset. Here is a video of how to do this--it is simpler than it sounds! [The video opens in a new window--close when done to return to this page]
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