06.08.2010 41 °C
We saw two of the most historic sights in Lebanon these last 3 days.
First we went to Byblos which is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. It was beyond amazing to see the buildings there, everything has been kept the way it used to be and it is beautiful.
We went inside of the historic city walls. On the inside there are 7 churches, one of which I fell in love with. There are three alters in that church (I took a picture of each) which was done because they could only take the Eucharist once a day and they wanted to have 3 masses. Walking into the church and seeing the huge arches I was humbled, it was so beautiful.
There is also a shopping area which has been preserved. All the shops are cute little hole in the wall type places. They also took a section and turned it into mini bars. It is nice because you can sit outside in a major historic site with your friends and have a drink.
Then we made it to the fort. It was so crazy to see something so big and be able to touch it and go inside of it. The pictures do not do justices. I took a video to try and give you a glimpse on what we were seeing. I still do not think it shows how beautiful it was. There is an area that is being used for concerts now. And also a section that shows the layers of Byblos, like all the times it has been built over. The house that you see is a model home of all the houses of that time. There were several but they decided to get rid of the rest but keep one as a memory.
We sat down to have some ice cream at a restaurant. As we were sitting the lights went out and life went on as normal. I was altered a bit and Serge tried to act like it was normal, but I knew he was taken by it. I thought we would have gotten used to it, but nope...
We went to Baalbak on Wed. WOW does not even begin to describe it. Greece was great to be in, but we weren't able to really interact with the temple. In Baalbak we walked all over history. In Baalbak there are 3 main temples for the gods of Jupiter, Venus and Dionysus. It was surreal to walk around and see the magnitude of the temples. We got up to where the gods used to be and made ourselves idols...it was weird, probably unbiblical, but fun. We came down because it was too much responsibility.
Every section we went to we were overwhelmed by the ginorminosity of each structure. The columns were so big it was hard to imagine someone built that without machines. The intricate images one each structure was amazing as well. We could not get over the fact that people hand made them. There was a structure of a lion that was made where water would come out of its mouth. These were place on top of the towers. Most of the have fallen already so we were able to get pictures up close to them.
There was also an area where concerts were being done. There was going to be one that day so everything was set up. The most famous people are asked to have shows in Baalbak. Because of the lack of security in Lebanon we were able to walk right on the stage and take pictures, hehe...
While we were exploring we started to hear thunder, which is extremely unusual for Lebanon at this time. The a few drops started to come down along with a mini dust storm. It made things a little harder so we were not able to go into the museum, but it's ok we saw a lot of amazing things.
I never imagined Lebanon had so many beautiful things. These two places have so far been my favorite places. I think they are even my favorite places I've ever been to.