from the grotto are the remains of the Roman Temple of Venus.
Walk down the stone steps at the side of the structure to
appreciate its massive size. A curved tunnel, still visible
beneath the foundations, was used to channel water. Growing
from between the temple’s great stones is a fig tree with
bits of material tied to its branches, a carryover from
ancient tradition which attributed special powers to this
the temple was destroyed by the Christian Emperor Constantine
(285 - 337 AD), it was later rebuilt by Julian the Apostle
(362 - 363). The Adonis-Astarte fertility rite continued
in Lebanon into the 5th century AD.
is reached via Qartaba, turning right at the town of Majdal.
The final half kilometer of road is a little rough.