HUSN SULEIMAN

A ruined temple situated within a sheltered amphitheater in the mountains, this wild and rocky location, surprisingly verdant and cool, consists of gigantic half-collapsed ruins which were a site for cult worship for thousands of years. From around 2000 B.C. the Canaanites worshipped their god Baotocecian Baal here.

The site subsequently became a cult center for followers of Zeus Baotocecian, a hybrid of Baal and his Greek equivalent, Zeus. The Roman temple, the remains of which can be seen today, was probably built between the middle of the first century A.D. and the end of the second.  Worship of various pagan cults took place here well into the fourth century, by which time Christianity had been firmly adopted as the religion of the Roman Empire.