Monday, May 11, 2020

A Hellenistic-era temple of Baal in Syria

ARCHAEOLOGY: Baal Shamin temple… Beauty, creativity in architectural, engineering decorations (SANA).
Sweida, SANA_ Baal Shamin Temple, which is located in the archaeological site of the eastern countryside of Sweida, is distinguished by the beauty of its geometric and architectural decorations that are carved as plant shapes, especially vine in addition to the figures carved within the Acanthus leaves that decorate the Corinthian crowns of the columns.

Sweida (As-Suwayda/Suada) was founded as an ancient Nabatean city. Other PaleoJudaica posts on the archaeology of the Sweida region are here and here.

This Temple of Baal Shamin is not to be confused with the one at Palmyra (a.k.a. the Temple of Bel), which was destroyed by ISIS in 2015. More on it here, here, here and links.

Cross-file under Nabatean Watch (Nabataean Watch).

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