Beirut’s Grand Serail
The Temples of Baalbek is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see on a trip to the region.
Guests of the Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel, Beirut can catch a tour bus which takes them directly to the Temples of Baalbek in comfort or make use of the car rental service which is conveniently found in the hotel’s lobby. They will be taken to the town of Baalbek in the Beqaa Valley, just north of the Litani River.
Once at the site, having a local guide makes it much easier for visitors to soak up the history behind the site and the ancient remains.
A history of the Temples of Baalbek
Baalbek was chosen by the Romans for its strategic position along the trading route to Damascus through the Bekaa Valley. Known as Heliopolis, it was an important centre for religious worship.
Three temples were erected at Baalbek: a temple for Jupiter, one for Venus and a third for Baachus (the three Gods which the Romans paid respect to on the site).
Today, six Corinthian columns remain intact and offer a unique glimpse into Lebanon’s early history.
Unwind at the Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel, Beirut
After a day spent exploring the Temples of Baalbek, guests can cool off in the hotel’s swimming pool or sweat out their toxins in the sauna. This four star hotel also boasts its very own on-site restaurant which services delicious Mediterranean cuisine and hearty breakfasts to suit all tastes as well as a stylish bar with views over Phoenicia Street.