- Home ›
- Architectural Lantern Slides›
- Architectural Lantern Slides of Lebanon›
- Temple of Jupiter, Baalbek ›
Temple of Jupiter, Baalbek: Interior, crypt of the Temple of Jupiter
A Christian basilica was eventually constructed in the rectangular court of the Temple of Jupiter, either in the time of Theodosios II (reigned AD 408-450) or in the 6th century AD.
The Sanctuary of Jupiter Heliopolitanus contains the vast Temple of Jupiter at its western end. The buildings appear to have been planned and begun soon after the foundation of the Roman colony ca. 16 BCE. The oldest building in the complex is the Temple of Jupiter, which was standing almost to capital height by AD 60, as a graffito found on one of the topmost column drums shows. Enlargements and embellishments, including the construction of elaborate approaches to the temple, were carried out down to the 3rd century AD in the time of Philip the Arab, and the architectural decoration of the complex was never entirely completed.