The ancient city of Baalbek is one of the greatest archaeological mysteries of all time. Located east of the Litani River in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, Baalbek is world famous for its exquisitely detailed yet monumentally scaled Roman temple ruins. In Roman times, Baalbek was known as Heliopolis (after the sun god) and it contained some of the largest and most notable Roman temples ever built. In fact, the Romans had constructed an extraordinary temple complex in Baalbek consisting of three separate temples - one for Jupiter, one for Bacchus and one for Venus. But what these Roman temples were built on top of is much more important. These Roman temples were actually built on top of an ancient 5 million square foot platform that was made from some of the largest stones ever used in any construction project in the history of the earth. In fact, the largest stone found near the Baalbek ruins weighs approximately 1200 tons and is about 64 feet long. To put that in perspective, that is the equivalent of approximately 156 full size African elephants.
How people in ancient times were able to move such massive stones is a complete mystery. In fact, these giant construction stones were stacked so closely together that you can't even fit a piece of paper between many of them. Many of the architectural feats found at Baalbek cannot even be duplicated with 21st century technology.
So how did they do it?
How did they move such massive stones to create a structure of such intricate precision?
Keep in mind that the base of the Baalbek ruins alone weighs approximately 5 billion tons.
The truth is that the ancient history of the earth contains a lot more mysteries than we were ever told about.
One theory about Baalbek is that it was originally created as a landing platform for spacecraft. At least that is what the creator of the video below is postulating....
Another theory is that Baalbek was created by giants. Remember Goliath? It turns out that the ancient Middle East had quite a few giants running around. The following video discusses Baalbek in the context of a discussion about those ancient giants....