BAALBEK, Lebanon (INTELLIHUB) — Massive milled megalithic stone blocks located in a quarry within proximity of the two-millennium old Temple of Jupiter site are thought by archeologists to be the largest in the world and are estimated to weigh four times more than the largest pieces used in the construction of Stonehenge.
Astonishingly, “The Stone of the Pregnant Woman,” as it’s called, weighs in at a whopping 1,200 tons.
Offering more information on the region and its brief history, the New Yorker reports:
Baalbek is named for Baal, the Phoenician deity, although the Romans knew the site by its Greek name, Heliopolis. The historian Dell Upton has noted the unusual lack of documentation regarding who might have commissioned, paid for, or designed the temple. For Upton, the site is a metaphor for the role of imaginative distortion in architectural history. In the absence of concrete information, he writes, Baalbek has become “a very accommodating screen upon which to project strikingly varied stories.” There are many local legends about the origin of the temple: Cain built it to hide from the wrath of God; giants built it, at Nimrod’s command, and it came to be called the Tower of Babel; Solomon built it, with djinns’ assistance, as a palace for the Queen of Sheba. (It is said that the reason some blocks were left in the quarry is that the djinns went on strike.)
According to archeologist Brian Forester who has traveled to and studied many archeological sites across the world, the megalithic work was created by an “unknown civilization” and predates “the Romans, the Greeks, and Egyptians” by “thousands of years.”
The builders clearly had “some type of what we would call lost ancient high technology capability,” the archeologist explained.