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Wilson, Charles William, Sir. Picturesque Palestine, Sinai, and Egypt, Vol. 1 - Page 377. 1881. Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 5, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/exotic/item/2694/show/2587.

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Title Picturesque Palestine, Sinai, and Egypt, Vol. 1
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  • Wilson, Charles William, Sir
Publisher D. Appleton and Company
Date 1881
Description Index: Introduction / by the Very Rev. Dean Stanley -- Jerusalem / by Col. Wilson -- Bethlehem and the north of Judaea / by the Rev. Canon Tristram -- The mountains of Judah and Ephraim / by Lieut. Conder -- Samaria and the Plain of Esdraelon / by Miss E. Rogers -- Esdraelon and Nazareth / by the Rev. Canon Tristram -- Galilee, Northern Galilee, Caesarea Philippi and the highlands of Galilee, Mount Hermon and its temples / by the Rev. Dr. S. Merrill -- Damascus / by the Rev. Dr. P. Schaff -- Palmyra, The Wady Barada, Ba'albek / by the Rev. S. Jessup.
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  • Egypt
  • Palestine
  • Sinai Peninsula
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Original Item Location DS107 .W73 v. 1
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Repository Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript REMAINS OF TEMPLES. 377 RAsheiva (see page 375) there is a beautiful temple at Thelthatha, a place which also bears the name of Neby Sufa. The spot where the temple stands is romantic, while the view of Hermon from this point is imposing beyond the power of language to express. But still nearer Rasheiya, and on the different routes leading thence to Damascus, there are the remains of several of these monuments of ancient religion and art. These are found at 'Aiha, Burkush, Rukhleh (see page 378), Kefr Kuk, and Deir el 'Ashair (see page 379), the first place being only thirty minutes from Rasheiya, while the last is just south of the carriage-road to Damascus. They also exist at Zekweh, Kiisr Neba, Husn Niha, 'Ain Harshy, and at several other places. In some of these temples the style of architecture is Ionic, in others Corinthian, and in others the two orders are combined. At Rukhleh, a little more than three hours from Rasheiya, there were two temples, both now in a very ruined state, but it is thought that one of them may have been used in the Christian period as a church. It is in this one that the medallion head exists, which has attracted so much attention (see page 378). " It consists of an external circle or ornamented border in relief, five feet in diameter ; an inner circle or border, in higher relief, is four feet in diameter. Within these is a finely carved front view of a human countenance, in still bolder relief. The features have been purposely disfigured, but are still distinct and pleasing. It may have been a Baal worshipped in the temple " (Dr. Robinson, " Researches," iii. p. 436). A number of Greek inscriptions exist here, and we ourselves found four that had not been copied by others before us. Inscriptions have also been found in connection with some of the other temples, and they may have been far more numerous than is now known or even supposed. On the same side of the building with the face just described, and near the entrance, there is an immense wing which is essentially Assyrian in character. The stone on which it is carved appears to have been brought from a distance. The block bearing the other wing and the bird itself has fallen in such a way that they cannot be copied, and indeed can scarcely be seen. We found a wing of the same type among the ruins of Sia, a place twenty minutes east of Kunawat (the Kenath of the Old Testament), and a few others have been discovered in other parts of the country, but chiefly near the coast. These are among the oldest monuments in Palestine, dating, no doubt, many centuries before the Christian era. Two hours from Rukhleh is the village of Deir el 'Ashair, where a fine temple of the onic order once existed. Its ruins occupy a conspicuous point, with an interesting prospect to - east. It was eighty-eight feet long and forty feet wide. Like several other of these narkable structures, it is peculiar in having no steps up to its platform, " the stylobate running all round without a break" (see page 379). must not be understood, however, that the region about Mount Hermon is the only °i Syria where temples are to be found. There are a few in the Lebanon as guished from the Hermon range, also many in the more northern parts; but it is in the that they exist in the greatest numbers. All the important towns in the old Bashan r> ad each one or more, and those at Kunawat (the ancient Kenath), at 'Amman (the 49