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A group of beautiful photos

Photos of the most important features of this Phoenician metropolis.

You can use the map to know the locations of the shown sites.

 
 
 

Amrit temple, which is the temple of the god Melkart (Hercules) the god of health and strength who cures from diseases. The temple has an obvious Phoenician touch that carved in the rocks and has a pool, in the middle of this pool the temple cella/naos of Melkart is located.

Amrit temple, which is the temple of the god Melkart (Hercules) the god of health and strength who cures from diseases .The roaming used to happen around the temple, and people used to drink from its pool to cure from diseases.

     
 

The Stadium is located about 200 meters from the temple, its dimensions 230x 30 are similar to the stadium in Greece. The sportive games used to take place in it during the religious rituals to glorify the god Melkart (Hercules).

A gutter in a shape of a lion’s head, water streams through its channel and then it is poured down from its mouth, ends up in the temple pool. An amount of gutters used to be held to the channels on the temple walls, and the water used to be poured down in its pool.

     
 

The stadium is carved in the rocks and has seven stairs and can contain more than 10000 people. The studies refer that this stadum is older than the Olympic stadium in Greece.

The southern entrance of the stadium is carved in the rocks.

     
 

Al- Maghazel (spindles) are called like this by the local inhabitants according to the glorious of their memorial, under them are the graves of kings or rich people from Amrit.
We notice two kinds: the pyramidal to the right and domical to the left.

The sides of the domical Maghzal were enhanced by sculptures that represent profile lions of the Persian style.

     
 

The dome of the domical Maghzal was enhanced by beautiful Sharareef.

The domical Maghzal has stairs and a small space, which inside it is located vaults.

     
 

A vault (family tomb) of two layers, consists of an entrance, hall and 22 chambers. The entrance can be closed and by pulling a door up by a dragrope. In the picture we see in the door the frieze of the dragrope, which appears as carved arch with two holes from above.

A vault (family tomb) of three layers, consists of an entrance with stairs, a hall and 33 chambers (for 33 corpes). Its entrance can be closed by pulling the door up by a dragrope. These vaults are located in the area of Azar cemeteries in Amrit.

     
 

 In the area of Amrit Phoenician port: a fictile cover can close a channel with a frieze. The existence of the covered channels refers to the developing civilization that Amrit reached to.

In the area of Amrit port: a long channel covered with a stony cover.
The existence of the covered channels refers to the developing civilization that Amrit reached to.

 All the pictures shown above were captured during the year 2005

Translated by: Anas Abbas