The Temple of Bel as it appears today dates from the C1st-C2nd AD, but stands on a much older cult site near the date palm grove and Eqfa spring that enabled the foundation of a city in the middle of the Syrian desert. Later on the cella of the temple was adapted for use as a Christian church and faint traces of frescoes are still visible on the interior walls. It was also fortified in the middle ages and there was a village within the walls of the compound until the population was removed by the French authorities during their rule of Syria in the 1920s.
Date of Visit
25th August 2010
26th August 2010
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Emma Loosley Joshua Bryant, “Palmyra Temple of Bel,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed February 24, 2020, http://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/265.