Largest known megalithic block from antiquity revealed at Baalbek

Largest known megalithic block from antiquity revealed at Baalbek

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A new analysis conducted by the German Archaeological Institute at the ancient stone quarry of Baalbek/Ancient Heliopolis, in Lebanon, has calculated the size and weight of an enormous monolith, and can now conclude that it is the largest known stone block ever carved by human hands.

Located at an altitude of approximately 1,170 meters in the Beqaa valley, Baalbek is known to have been settled from at least 7,000 BC, with almost continual settlement of the Tell under the Temple of Jupiter, which was a temple since the pre-Hellenistic era. However,  some researchers, such as Graham Hancock, argue that its roots go back as many as 12,000 years . During the period of Roman rule, Baalbek was known as Heliopolis (“City of the Sun”), and housed one of the largest and grandest sanctuaries in the empire.

Layout of the temple complex at Baalbek

Layout of the temple complex at Baalbek. ( Wikipedia)

One of the most awe-inspiring features of Baalbek are the incredible megalithic foundations of the Temple of Jupiter. The temple was built on platform of stones that are among the largest building blocks seen in the whole world. Twenty-seven of these enormous limestone blocks can be seen at its base with three of them, weighing about 1,000 tons each, known as the “Trilithon.”

How they were cut so finely and moved into place has defied explanation, particularly considering the blocks are known to have weighed over 1000 tons.  Many researchers, Graham Hancock included, reject the traditional explanation that the blocks are the work of the Romans. Indeed, a quick glance at the photograph below clearly shows a difference in style and appearance between the large megalithic stones and the surrounding blocks used to build the temple.

“I do not agree with the mainstream archaeological view that any of the three megalithic blocks in the quarry, or the enigmatic megalithic foundations of the Temple of the Jupiter, are the work of the Romans,” writes Graham Hancock. “I believe these huge megaliths long predate the construction of the Temple of Jupiter and are likely to be 12,000 or more years old -- contemporaneous with the megalithic site of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey. I suggest we are looking at the handiwork of the survivors of a lost civilisation, that the Romans built their Temple of Jupiter on a pre-existing, 12,000-years-old megalithic foundation.”

Photograph from the 1890s showing the huge megalithic foundations of the Temple of Jupiter

Photograph from the 1890s showing the huge megalithic foundations of the Temple of Jupiter (public domain)

Quarry of megalithic blocks

The gigantic blocks used in the foundations of the Temple of Jupiter are known to have come from a nearby quarry located around 800 meters (2,600 ft) from the temple. The limestone quarry houses two massive building blocks that never made it to the temple – one weighing about 1,240 tons, and the other, known as the “Hajjar al-Hibla,” or The Stone of the Pregnant Woman, weighs about 1000 tons.

Archaeologists believe the Hajjar al-Hibla monolith was left in the quarry, because the stone quality of a block’s edge proved to be poor and the monolith could easily be damaged during transport.

The Stone of the Pregnant Woman at Baalbek

The Stone of the Pregnant Woman at Baalbek ( Wikipedia)

According to Discovery News , the German archaeological team have now found a third building block next to the Hajjar al-Hibla stone and underneath it. Still partially buried, the monolith measures measures 19.6 meters (64 feet) in length, 6 meters (19.6 feet) in width, and at least 5.5 meters (18 feet) in height. Its weight has been estimated at 1,650 tons, making it the largest known stone block from antiquity.

“The level of smoothness indicate the block was meant to be transported and used without being cut,” the German Archaeological Institute said in a statement.

Further excavations will attempt to establish whether the newly-discovered block suffered from the same problem as the Hajjar al-Hibla stone, resulting in its abandonment in the quarry.

By April Holloway


Articles like this citing such discredited authorities like Graham Hancock really damage the credibility of this site. It has been definitively proven that the trilithon stones are of Roman origin and do not predate the Roman era. Further, the stones are not in the foundation of the temple, rather they are part of the retaining wall of the temple, which Romans were quite adept at building.

There is ample proof of other huge retaining walls being built by Romans and their origin is not in doubt by any serious scholar.

Anyone who thinks these stones were man-made are in serious need of a reality check. You have been successfully brainwashed Mark, congratulations to you as well as those who believe these lies.

I have not been brainwashed, rather I have studied history- as apparently you have not. There are ample sources out there which are easy to find if you have an ounce of intellectual curiosity but I will provide you with one easy to understand resource.
Watch this documentary (Baalbek starts at 37:45 if you are impatient) Ancient aliens is a fraud and easily disprovable.

I thank you for the morning amusement though.

Nice points you make. It's the way the ancient alien-ites get all foot stampy and indignant as soon as anyone says they disagree with them that ends up being amusing. Let's role with ancient aliens, you could also conclude that these "sky beings" were a bunch of jerks. The cheek of them: coming here and mucking around with OUR history for no reason. How are they helping advance us by moving stones WE can't move? If the proof they came is "humans can't do that" what are they doing? Showing off! Ancient Alien Bigheads! And if we were their slaves, they still look like a**holes: Ancient Alien Nazis! The net result of all that ancient building on the twenty first century is petty arguments breaking out as to whether they existed or not. So what? If people want to believe that's fine. Because all they are believing in is that we were visited by a pangalactic bunch of self serving narcissist idiots. All ET "evidence" points to this, especially modern ufology: They're so clever but their pilots exam is clearly deficient because they keep crashing. Crop circles are the best way of communication- a laughably silly idea. They can see how physically powerful modern athletes are, do they abduct these to breed with their alien women? Never! It's invariably 5 ft 2, pot bellied peasant farmers. And they keep wobbling about in the middle distance with their lights on but have radar avoiding capabilities- surely pointless. Believe in aliens but know they are all stupid.

I believe the "aliens" are our origin on the planet ."and God made man in his own image" .


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