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The Propylaea and the Hexagonal Court of the Jupiter temple were added in the 3rd century under the Severan Dynasty (193-235 A.
D.) and work was presumably completed in the mid-3rd century.
Sacked by the Mongols about 1260, Baalbeck later enjoyed a period of calm and prosperity under Mamluke rule.
Although the temple was never built, some huge construction from the Hellenistic project can still be seen.
And it was over the ancient court that the Romans placed the present Great Court of the Temple of Jupiter.
Today the city, 85 kilometers from Beirut, is an important administrative and economic center in the northern Beqaa valley.
The Temples In History For centuries the temples of Baalbeck lay under meters of rubble, obscured by medieval fortifications.