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THE BAALBEK MEGALITHS

In the 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. 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?

The monolith of Baalbek

This is not one of the seven wonders of the world, but it is the largest megalith known to man. Located in the Beqaa Valley, 85 kilometers from Beirut, this phenomenal stone is estimated to weigh nearly 1200 tons. No modern machinery could support this weight. The dimensions of the stone are approximately 68'x14'x14'.This megalith was hewn from red granite, and is still attached to the bedrock. Other stones of equal grandeur were quarried in the same location, and carried over half of a mile uphill to the "Grand Terrace" of Baalbek, Lebanon

The Unfinished Obelisk

One of the most famous stones left behind is the Unfinished Obelisk, more than twice the size of any known obelisk ever raised. Quarrymen apparently abandoned the obelisk when fractures appeared in its sides. However, the stone, still attached to bedrock, gives important clues to how the ancients quarried granite. Much of the red granite used for ancient temples and colossi came from quarries in the Aswan area (500 miles south of Cairo). The Unfinished Obelisk still lies where a crack was discovered as it was being hewn from the rock. Possibly intended as a companion to the Lateran Obelisk, originally at Karnak, now in Rome, it would have measured 120-feet and weighed over 1150 tons when complete.


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