ANCIENT MEGALITHIC STRUCTURES - Archeologists have found that the Baalbek location has been inhabited for at least 9,000 years. Centuries before the Romans built their temples at the site, the Phoenicians (or Canaanites in the Bible) occupied the area. The Phoenicians seem to have treated Baalbek as a sacred place.
Baal(im) means “Lord” or “God” in ancient Canaanite. Baalbek was probably named after Baal-Biq’ah, the west Semitic weather god and 'lord of the plains' of Lebanon. Baal was also an early title for Yaweh, the Hebrew God.
The mystery of the Baalbek site is in the megaliths under and around the ruins. They are massive, perfectly cut stone blocks that weigh up to 1200 - 1,500 tons. It is high-quality work, the blocks are still in a good condition after thousands of years, while more recent building blocks at the site have long crumbled.
If the Romans carved these megaliths and put them into place, it would be their greatest achievement ever.
There is not even a road or possibility to roll such stones in place, the location is steep and rocky.
Could the Phoenicians have put them there? Unlikely. The Phoenicians were known for their seafaring skills, not for building huge structures. Even today there are no cranes that can lift such weights. Let alone position them as precisely as they are.
The Romans have left us many writings, but none of them describe how they built the site. However, the local population of the Beqa’a Valley still has some knowledge of its origins. They say that Cain, the son of Adam, built a city there before the Great Flood. This place was destroyed during the deluge, but later a race of giants built it up again. Heading this project was Nimrod, the king of Shinar mentioned in the Book of Genesis.
Could there have been such a race of giants, that had the technical skills to build huge structures? And if so, where did they come from and what happened to them?