Tourist Attractions - Eshmoun

Location:  One Kilometer from Sidon.
Era: Phoenician and Roman.

 

 

Eshmoun is a complex of temples dedicated to the God of Healing that was once worshiped by the people of Sidon. Visitors can include Eshmoun on their tour to Sidon City, but for history lovers, it is recommended to dedicate the whole trip to this magnificent site.

Eshmoun is made of a complex of temples near Sidon. It is the only Phoenician site in Lebanon that has kept its original stones.  It was first built towards the end of the 7th century B.C. and additions were made in the following centuries. These additions included a Roman Colonnade and foundations of a Byzantine Church.
   
Eshmoun was named after a young hunter, hero of an ancient myth. He had mutilated himself and died to escape from the love of the goddess Astarte. He was then brought back as a God of Healing.  The temple was erected in his honor during the reign of Eshmounazar II, and remained until the middle of the fourth century B.C. when it was destroyed. tell the story of the Umayyads; around 60 inscriptions are scattered around them.
   
Traces of different traditions can be found in the site. For example, an overall view of Eshmoun can be seen from the top of the  the mosaic-covered Roman stairway. Visitors will also enjoy a long walk along a Roman colonnaded road to the temple.
However, the oldest section is a pyramid-shaped structure dating from the 6th century B.C., where the influence of the Babylonian tradition is clearly depicted.