ECHMOUN

Echmoun is situated 1 km from Sidon in a garden known as Bustan El Sheikh amidst an expanse of citrus trees whose blossoms scent the air in the spring. Echmoun, the healer God, was one of the favorite Gods of the Phoenicians during the 6th and the 5th century B.C. The main temple dedicated to him was built in Persian style. Another temple was added to the original one between the 4th and 2nd century B.C.; later a chapel and a pool as well as a small mosaic guarded by a headless sphinx were added. The cult of Echmoun, identified as Aesculapius, persisted during the Roman period and the important collection of votive pieces depicting children found there suggests that Echmoun may have been regarded as the pediatrician of the time.