The Temple of Echmoun

On the way back to Beirut, at the right of the bridge on Nahr el Awali, near the city limits of Sidon, is a spot known as Bustan el Sheikh where the most important Phoenician temple has been found. This, the Temple of Echmoun, goes back to the Persian period (6th Century B.C.) when Sidon was at its zenith.Additions were made to the temple in following eras and it remained a sacred shrine and place of pilgrimage well into the first centuries after Christ. (For detailed information refer to the National Council of Tourism leaflet on Echmoun).


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