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Wilson, Charles William, Sir. Picturesque Palestine, Sinai, and Egypt, Vol. 1 - Page 457. 1881. Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 23, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/exotic/item/2694/show/2667.

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Wilson, Charles William, Sir. (1881). Picturesque Palestine, Sinai, and Egypt, Vol. 1 - Page 457. Exotic Impressions, Views of Foreign Lands. Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/exotic/item/2694/show/2667

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Title Picturesque Palestine, Sinai, and Egypt, Vol. 1
Creator (LCNAF)
  • 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.
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Egypt
  • Palestine
  • Sinai Peninsula
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  • books
  • illustrations (layout features)
  • plates (illustrations)
  • maps (documents)
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location DS107 .W73 v. 1
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b1703789~S11
Digital Collection Exotic Impressions: Views of Foreign Lands
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/exotic
Repository Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/william-r-jenkins-architecture-art-library
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Transcript BAALBEK. 457 and must have supported colossal arches long anterior to the Roman era. Two of these *great vaults parallel with each other from east to west, and are connected by a third running at right-angles to them, from north to south. There are also vaults beneath the Temple of the Sun, and sculptured chambers on the south side of the southern vault. We now ride into the southern vault or tunnel at its eastern entrance (see page 453), and soon find ourselves in darkness, the arch behind us looking like a window curtained with green foliage, and the arch opening in front, almost choked with the pile of debris beyond it, glares with the reflection of the sunlight. Overhead we could distinguish, by the light cast on them from behind us, huge busts in relievo at the intersection of the groined arches. As we advanced they grew more and more dim, until we strained our eyes in trying to count them. At night the Ba'albek shepherds drive their flocks into this vast subterranean chamber, secure from the storm, and safe from the attack of man or beast. We soon emerged from this underground ride and came up into the temple area. A heavy shower drove us under the northern peristyle of the Temple of the Sun (see page 455), on our left, for refuge, whence we had leisure to survey the scene. Behind us rose the smooth-cut wall of the cella, one hundred and sixty feet long, and around us were fragments of the six columns of the original fifteen which formed the northern peristyle, together with entablatures, capitals, and the exquisitely carved blocks of the sculptured ceiling. To the north-west, about sixty yards distant, rise the stately forms of the six remaining columns of the peristyle of the Great Temple (see page 468). As we looked up, the lofty ceiling seemed composed of a web of the most delicate tracery. On examining the huge blocks which had fallen and lay around us on every side, we observed that each slab was slightly concave on the lower surface. In the middle of each slab is a hexagonal o 1 forming the setting of a bust of a o-0d or kino- in under the peristyle, temple & ^ £> SUN, BA'ALBEK. Smaller busts occupv the angles formed bv the °n the west side' lookin8towards Lebanon. 1 J ' o J page 455. 59 relief. OF THE Compare