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Palmyra was one of the most beautiful places I visited last year. I have posted already some shots of the main part of the ruins. Here the Baal Shamin Temple lying off the beaten track that I visited on my own.

Baal was a major northwest Semitic god, perhaps head of the pantheon of the Biblical Philistines and father to the god Dagon. A mystery surrounding the term Baal was that it was also a word that meant "Lord" and applied to several different gods. Very little is known about the worship of Baal. The remains of the temple dedicated to Baal Shamin, the Semitic deity which resembles Bel is located to the northeast of the main Tetrapylon. It was first built in 17 AD but was further built and reconstructed in the 2nd and 3rd centuries.

I hope you like it. Have a nice weekend.

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