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(Phoenician High Place Adopted by the Romans 50 km)

    Located on the right of the Qartaba road before the turnoff to Ehmej, this site is easy to miss, so keep your eyes peeled.
    A splendidly isolated altar of great beauty, Mashnaqa occupies a choice location on the sacred road from Byblos to Afqa, the source of the Adonis. The site gives an idea of the traditional biblical High-Places characteristic of the Canaanites and Phoenicians.
    A large rectangular wall marks the sacred enclosure, in the middle of which rises an Altar. A square structure surrounded by columns, the altar encloses the bases of two earlier altars, arranged and reoriented by the Romans of their own rituals. The edifice has no door and worship was carried out by walking around the monument.
    The rocks overlooking the road leading to the site are carved with funerary niches, some of which still have their lids. Almost every tomb has sculpted scenes that relate to funeral rites or to


the hunting prowess of the deceased.
    A few hundred meters east of Mashaqa a road to the southeast descends towards the village of Frat. About 5 km further on is a lovely riverside spot known as "Janneh" or paradise.the hunting prowess of the deceased.
    A few hundred meters east of Mashaqa a road to the southeast descends towards the village of Frat. About 5 km further on is a lovely riverside spot known as "Janneh" or paradise.

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