Baalbek Lebanon and the Destruction of Baalbek Temple and the City of the Thundergods
Mankind has been repeatedly destroyed and reborn. Civilizations are everywhere buried under rubble. Ruins lie abandoned in the middle of deserts and rainforests. What happened? Modern scientific studies combined with research in archaeology and mythology is revealing dramatic new facts. The ascent and demise of nations is controlled by nature’s chaotic whims and does not lie under mankind’s own hand. Baalbek is an ancient site that reveals such shattering events altering the destiny of empires and nations.
As the eminent French archaeologist Claude Schaeffer concluded, these massive cataclysmic destructions are unknown in modern times. Will they occur again? Can we prevent them?
Baalbek Lebanon destructions
The citizens of Baalbek feared the sky god Jupiter but why? And who were the mysterious people the Dejanon who built Baalbek? Legend has it that they half demon half angel working under king Solomon. Yet this amazing citadel, built with massive one thousand ton blocks, has repeatedly succumbed to ruination. Was Jupiter, or Zeus as the Greeks knew him, responsible for the earthquakes that laid it waste on numerous occasions?
Lets investigate this amazing scenario.Our world is a hotbed of archaeological mystery. The ancient Syrian plains. The Central American plateaus home of the Maya and Aztecs. The Indian subcontinent and the jungles of Asia. Everywhere we find cities buried under rubble and sand or abandoned in the middle of deserts. You’ve got to ask yourself what happened to these civilizations. Why were they abandoned? Now some say tsunamis. Volcanoes such as Santorini or Krakatau.
Claude Schaeffer was the first to invoke massive continent wide earthquakes. Harvey Weiss, the eminent archaeologist working in Syria, blames sudden vicious climate change, that desertified and alternatively flooded wide areas in the Middle East. Even comets and meteors are mentioned. Certainly the massive Chixolub impact is blamed for the extinction of the Dinosaur in earlier times.
But what about only four thousand years ago. Did similar but smaller events devastate mankind? Can myths and legends also be tapped to guide us in finding out the causes of these interruptions in human affairs? Mankind’s legends such as the Trojan wars are often ignored by modern archaeologists. They hide bones of truth.
Baalbek Temple ruins and burial
David Roberts, the English artist arrived here in 1854, after painting the ruins of Egypt and the Holy land. He was staggered by the mystery of these immense shattered ruins. The Bedouin tribesman who camped amongst the ruins also pondered over its mysteries. Ildrizzi, the Arab geographer, claims it was built by Giants under the legendary King Nimrod after the Deucalion flood. Other mythology talks about King Solomon, even Genies.
Apart from the ravage of earthquakes, Baalbek Lebanon has at random times suffered damage due to the deposition of rubble ,till and clay over its body. When Roberts reached Baalbek he portrayed a site partially obscured by rubble. In this regard it is like the Egyptian monuments, most of which were buried by sand. Witness here the gateway to the Temple of Bacchus which in Roberts’s day was buried some six meters up its ramparts. It was the German archaeologists under Wilhelm II who first revealed the depth of the damage. This was certainly not placed by the occupiers so what agent caused it to be dumped over and beyond the entire huge megalithic site.
In nearby Byblos, some seventy kilometres away we again see Phoenician sites buried under many meters of rubble. In fact a Tsunami in around 500 AD ravaged the whole of the Lebanese coastline, burying Beirut and other cities. This was accompanied by extremely destructive earthquakes. But this was merely the last of a devastating series that have ravaged this area. Certainly rubble and muck may have been washed down from the Lebanese mountain range that Baalbek nestles under. In the close of the early Bronze Age Harvey Weiss notes extreme flooding in the local Syrian rivers despite drought and winds that persisted for some three centuries. Erratic and chaotic weather conditions led to unusual flooding and earth deposits.
Baalbek Temple ruins and the Romans
Today we see the Acropolis of Baalbek Lebanon in ruins. Many civilizations have had their influence here. Our only definitive knowledge is from the time of the Romans who rebuilt it around 100AD under the emperors Nero and Trajan. They consulted it as an oracle. In these days it had three temples dedicated to three deities. Baal king of the Gods we now recognize as the Roman god Jupiter. Secondly came Bacchus also known as Mercury, was worshipped with full Bacchalian rites. The third deity was the mysterious Athena, or as we now knows her Venus.
These citizens were petrified of Baal, for he was god of the dark cloud, king of the Gods. All these deities were sky gods or planets with real influence over the peoples’ daily lives. Eventually these sky gods took on human forms and personalities.
Baalbek’s history certainly reaches back beyond the Romans. The Phoenicians, Israelites and probably other conquerors played their part in the history of this mighty Acropolis. Delving back before these civilizations Baalbek was inhabited by a mysterious race of Megalith builders who employed massive blocks up to a thousand tons to construct Baalbek. Who could have moved and carved them? Were they the mythical race of giants under King Nimrod who have faded into obscurity? The remains of these huge base stones were used by later civilizations to rebuild Baalbek.
Recorded history from Roman times relates that Baalbek was devastated by earthquakes many times. One in 570 AD. Three more in crusader times around 1100 AD. A further one in 1759 AD when Baalbek Lebanon was abandoned by the Turkish garrison. The last earthquake was in 1870 AD when thee more massive columns collapsed. But these earthquakes of Roman and Crusader times were nothing compared to the continent wide earthquakes that had shattered the Middle East in earlier epics. What evidence do we have for this? For answers to this read on to the foundational work of Claude Schaeffer who investigated the layers of destruction from the early Bronze age around 5000 to the Iron Age of around 3000 years ago!