National Geographic : 1923 May
560 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Junius B. Wood AN IDOL FROM THE BAALBEK RUINS This namesake city of the Sun-god Baal once enjoyed a position of great commercial importance, as it lay on the direct route from Syria to Egypt. The imposing ruins of the ancient Temple of the Sun (Jupiter-Baal), built by Antoninus Pius, might well be classed among the wonders of the world. It was 29o feet long, 160 feet wide, and its roof was supported by 54 lofty columns, only six of which remain standing. The huge blocks of stone used in the construction of the temple are the largest found in any building in the world except in some of the Inca edifices of Peru.