Two thousand years ago, in the city of Heliopolis, or Baalbek, Lebanon as it is called now, a temple to the deity Jupiter was erected atop three enormous stone blocks each weighing more than one thousand tons. An imperfect stone of similar dimensions was located in a nearby quarry where the blocks are believed to have been excavated and formed. A few years ago yet another was found in the quarry; it is considered to be the largest of its kind ever discovered.
Massive Megalith Block Reignites Ancient Mystery
The mystery behind these enormous ancient constructions is twofold. Notable historians and archaeologists have been unable to find any evidence or clues to point them towards who may have ordered the Temple of Jupiter to be built. For more than a century, experts have failed to shed light on the origin of the temple, which is believed to be constructed by Romans and likely for religious reasons, but no specific person or group can be determined.
There are many local legends about the origin of the temple: Cain built it to hide from the wrath of God; giants built it, at Nimrod’s command, and it came to be called the Tower of Babel; Solomon built it, with djinns’ assistance, as a palace for the Queen of Sheba. (It is said that the reason some blocks were left in the quarry is that the djinns went on strike.)
This is noteworthy due to the enormity of the project- the labor and expense would be by no means minor. Unfortunately, no concrete information has been discovered on this or on what experts call the Trilithon, the ancient blocks. The blocks themselves are much more interesting a find given the technological deficiencies of the age. In modern times, it would still require some feat to move stones as heavy and large as these, and that is with the benefit of two thousand years of technological advancement. The primitive cranes and rolling devices of the day would not be sufficient to transport these blocks to their destination. It is an engineering accomplishment worthy of investigation.
Biblical, mythological or extraterrestrial?
Unfortunately, as the new stone was discovered during a quiet period in the Syrian war and with hostilities still ongoing, the mystery will have to wait until it is safe to continue excavating. What remains is speculation. There is already mythological and biblical explanations surrounding the stones and even extra-terrestrial ones. The Trilithon may precede the temple as the age of the stones, and the quarry itself is under debate. A landing platform for a spacecraft might require such a structure.