The greatest of the Baalbek stones, perhaps 1200 tons ... Why these stones are such an enigma to contemporary scientists, both engineers and archaeologists alike, is that their method of quarrying, transportation and precision placement is beyond the technological ability of any known ancient or modern builders.
The Temple of Venus is in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon in the town of Baalbek. Known as Heliopolis during the period of Roman rule, it was one of the largest sanctuaries in the empire. Venus was one of a triad of gods worshiped at the time; the other two being Jupiter and Bacchyus. Three separate temples were erected for the triad, between 1 BC and 2 AD. by Brian McMorrow