One of the pillars of Lebanese tourism, The Baalbeck International Festival is much admired in the views of its visitors and attracts annually Arab and foreign tourists eager to watch quality programs performed by great artists.
Thousands of fans flock to the stadium at the Roman Temple of Bacchus in Baalbeck to attend the region’s oldest music festival. This annual event has built an international reputation as artists form the around the world vied to appear on its stage.
The Baalbeck International Festival’s setting is absolutely unique, since Heliopolis, the city of the Sun, has been the historical venue of the meeting of the gods of antiquity. The Temples are not only the largest Roman temples ever built, but also among the best preserved all over the world hosting exceptional performances in a unique atmosphere with Baalbeck’s ancient walls echoing with music.
Held at different sites in Baalbeck like the Jupiter's temple or at the temple of Bacchus, the Baalbeck International Festival is a cultural fiesta that adorns the summers of Lebanon with regional and international music, highlighting the diversity and hospitality of Lebanese society.
The Baalbeck International Festival provides a platform for great performers from different continents to express their skills, offering spectators an unforgettable experience. The huge success of the festival every year undeniably results from the variety of presentations, the large number of audiences, the spectacular lighting, and the amazing setting.
The oldest and best-known cultural event in the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean, The Baalbeck International Festival attracts admirers from all around the world to savor classical music, dance, theater, opera, and jazz performed each July and August in the ancient Roman Acropolis.
Held for the first time in 1956, the Baalbeck International Festival resumed its activities in 1997, after 22 years of interruption due to the war. With varied and excellent cultural and quality programs performed by great artists, the Festival has regained its place as one the most prestigious international festivals.
The temples of Baalbeck deserve to stand amongst the marvels of the antique world. Dominating the fertile Bekaa plain with their gigantic proportions, they are the result of a project intended to testify of the Roman power and wealth.
Their plan denotes a strong Semitic influence, and the triad worshiped in Baalbeck, namely Jupiter, Venus and Mercury was grafted on the local triad Baal-Hadad, Atargasis, a mother goddess and a young rejuvenation and fertility god.