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Temple of Baalshamin

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Zachary Rosalinsky
Contributors: Jeffrey Becker, Tom Elliott
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Last modified May 20, 2022 06:52 AM History
Temple in Palmyra dedicated to the Canaanite god Baalshamin.

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The earliest phases of the temple belong to the second century BCE. The altar was consecrated in 115 CE and the sanctuary was substantially rebuilt in 131 CE. The temple ceased to function in its sacred role by the late fourth century. Louis Vignes photographed the site in 1864 and it was one of the best-preserved sites of ancient Palmyra and was included in the UNESCO World Heritage designation assigned to Palmyra in 1980. Terrorists associated with the Islamic State intentionally obliterated the temple in 2015 during the Syrian Civil War.

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Zachary Rosalinsky, Jeffrey Becker, and Tom Elliott, 'Temple of Baalshamin: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2022 <> [accessed: 03 February 2023]

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