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Is it worth staying at the Palmyra Hotel in Baalbeck, Lebanon? Or just visiting the ruins during the day, since nothing else is around?
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Before I went here, I read that Baalbeck used to be a Hezbollah stronghold. This is still the case, as one cannot fail to notice several kilometers of posters of martyred fighters, neatly posted in the middle of the road, accompanied by Hezbollah flags. In the past, many westerners were kidnapped and held here and the people used to view anyone from the west as a potential spy for Israel.

This doesn't mean that Baalbeck is a place to fear.  The best way to enjoy this nice little city is to cast off all preconceived notions about 'those terrorists' and just meet the people that live there.  You'll find that it's quite a nice town to be in and that there's lots to see.

There is a nice mosque along one of the main roads, with a mirror tile ceiling and a little Hezbollah stand next to it. (You can buy the infamous 'Special force'  1 and 2 games there for about 25 dollars) It certainly isn't the prettiest mosque out there, but it's interesting.

A little further down the same road, you can turn into a smaller street where you'll find a large cut out stone lying in a quarry. According to the locals, it's the biggest hewn-in-one-piece stone on earth, but I have my doubts. It's really not all that interesting.

The towns highlight is definately the Baalbeck ruins, which are remarkably well preserved.  It consists of a grand entrance, and a quite large central court, where you'll find the remains of the temples of Jupiter and Bacchus.  The latter is especially well preserved.  There are also the ruins of the temple of Venus there.  If you want, you can hire a guide here: I believe they have English, French, Spanish and German talking guides there.

Right next to the ruins is what seems to be a Hezbollah infostand, which constantly plays inspirational music. Again, don't be frightened off by this: the people around here will probably only try to sell you T-shirts with the Hezbollah logo on it. 

Just go and enjoy Baalbeck: if you're into historical sights, this is definately for you.
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Baalbeck is hard to imagine to begin with... unbelievable Roman ruins in the middle of the Hamas stronghold in Lebanon... the ruins themselves inside the enclosure are the main attraction of course, they are fascinating... but getting here may or may not be easy depending on the political situation at the time and the tensions in the area... you can see posters and flags of gun-totting men both in Baalbeck and along the roads leading to it... if you are coming from Beirut towards the Syrian border, Baalbeck is on the way... only a short detour away from the main highway...

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Baalbeck is hard to imagine to begin with... unbelievable Roman ruins in the middle of the Hamas stronghold in Lebanon... the ruins themselves inside the enclosure are the main attraction of course, they are fascinating... but getting here may or may not be easy depending on the political situation at the time and the tensions in the area... you can see posters and flags of gun-totting men both in Baalbeck and along the roads leading to it... if you are coming from Beirut towards the Syrian border, Baalbeck is on the way... only a short detour away from the main highway...
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