Temple of Eshmun

Lebanon

The Temple of Eshmun was established sometime at the end of the 7th century by Phoenicians as a conduit to the Phoenician king's favored deity: Eshmun, the god of healing. The site of the temple was chosen for its closeness to a water source that would be used in healing ceremonies. Later cultures built around the ruins of the temple after it was destroyed by an earthquake in the middle of the fourth century. The site today holds a diverse range of structures from different eras that all worshiped the healing waters from the original temple.

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