Sidon Eshmoun Temple
The Temple of Eshmoun, less than an hour from Beirut, is situated
1km from Sidon in a lush valley of citrus groves on the Awwali River. The site
known locally as " Bustan esh-Sheikh".
This Phoenician temple complex dedicated to the healing god
Eshmoun, is the only Phoenician site in Lebanon that has retained more than
its foundation stones.
Building began at the end of the 7th Century BC and later additions were made
in the following Centuries. Thus, many elements near the original temple site
were completed long after the Phoenician era, including the Roman period
colonnade, mosaics, a nymphaeun and the foundations of a Byzantine Church. All
of these buildings testify to the site's lasting importance.
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