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In the middle course of the masonry of the outer wall of the Acropolis at Baalbek (where Hezbullah now have a terrorist training facility) in The Lebanon, there are three great stones each measuring 63 ft. long by thirteen feet high by 10ft. thick. Baalbek is located about halfway between Beirut and Damascus

The Acropolis is supposed to have been a Roman Temple dedicated to the god Jupiter-Baal, but no classical scholar has yet been able to explain how three massive cut stones could have been lifted to rest on a substructure 23ft. high. Neither Bechtel nor the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the leading experts on heavy lifting and moving can do that feat today even with the most sophisticated machinery. Each stone after all weighs in the region of 1,200 tons.

Even more puzzling is the largest cut-stone known to exist anywhere which is found in the quarry within sight of the Acropolis, about half a mile away. This quarry was presumably the origin of the massive stones in place in the Acropolis. This stone is 68ft. long and roughly 14 ft. square. Its enormity can be judged by noticing the small figure of a man sitting on its top with his friend just below and slightly to the right.

The challenge is clear. Who and what can move any of these stones today and more importantly how were they moved in the first place?


1) The site is now open to tourists and those who have been there report very favorably about the safety of the area.

2) Another very large megalith has been discovered and we hope to have a photograph very soon.

© Michael S. Sanders 1989


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