Islamic history, Lebanon

Balbek in Bekka Valley, East Lebanon, lots of photos, ruins, mosques, churches, friends & oil heaters, last but not least some religious leaders meet.

A bit of blurb

The first batch of photos are of the Roman ruins and its museum the piece of history Balbek is famous for. They are always worth displaying as Balbek’s tourist trade is severely affected by western propaganda. Now western tourism is confined to day visits, which require high insurance premiums if people are vulnerable.

The second smaller batch features other aspects of Balbek, the now rarely visited quarry, boasting the largest stone in the world.

The springs at the top of town, where people picnic in the nice weather. The day I took the photos rain stopped play eventually but I noticed the coaches, which had bused in people from other towns. I’m not sure about the significance of the springs but there is a Shia shrine next to the lake, which I visited last year, though I didn’t take photographs. Would like to learn more, an incentive to learn lots more Arabic.

The Khawla Mosque is named after the baby daughter of Hussein. The story will be explored, through the ”History of the Alawai series”, there are 3 installments so far, Alawais-and-their-place-in-the-islamic-world-separation/ 

The Christian Church pictured, held a very colourful and lively service on Easter Sunday.

The last few pictures show a very special meeting of religious leaders hosted by, the Hizb’allah leader, Imam Hassan Nazrallah.

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 Other sites and sightings

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This group of photos may look boring but if you look closely at a couple of them, you’ll see a VIP.

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