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Damascus Countryside

Temple of Dumeir (Thalsae)

Located 40 km north east of Damascus, the temple, as seen today is relatively intact after much research and reconstruction work in recent years, and represents one of the fruits of an intensive phase of construction activity in the 3rd-century AD. It was dedicated as a temple to Zeus Hypsistos in 245 during the reign of the Emperor Philip the Arab (Emperor 244-9). The portrait carved in relief in the southern tympanum is of the Emperor and his wife Otacilia, or relating to a lawsuit in 216. An earlier altar dedicated to the Semitic deity, Baal Shamin, in 94 BC, indicate that a Nabatean religious building previously stood on the site. The Shape is highly unusual.

 

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