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1925 HOESN SULEIMAN Hosn SYRIA KhiKhi Temple Church Architecture Photogravure

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Title: Hoesn Suleiman. Church ruins. (plate #203, title in 5 languages; English, French, Italian, Spanish, German)
Year: 1925
Print size (inches):
9.2 x 12
Image size (inches): 5.7 x 8.4
Print size (cm): 23.5 x 30.6
Image size (cm): 14.7 x 21.3
Provenance:  Picturesque Palestine Arabia And Syria
Verso:  Photogravure print
Publisher:
  Brentano's Publishers: New York



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This high quality 90 year old photogravure plate comes from a collection of fine art photography by Karl Grober and others, published by Brentano's Publishing in 1925. Please note that there is a gravure on the reverse as well. Very good condition, ready for framing! Free USA shipping.

A photogravure, or "gravure", is a photographic image produced from a copper engraving plate. The process is rarely used today due to the high costs involved, but it produces prints which have the subtlety of a photograph and the art quality of a lithograph.


Hosn Suleiman (Arabic حصن سليمان), a Syrian village, is found on the slope of the Alnabi Alsaleh mountain at an altitude 950 m, at a distance of 20 km from Dreikish and 56 km from Tartous.

Hosn Suleiman is called also Khikhi temple (Arabic معبد خيخي) or Sisi house (Arabic بيت سيسي) and it is hinted from the naming that it bears semitic roots, and maybe dedicated to the god "betosisi", which is considered the healing god of the Romans. Also known as Baal (Bel) temple, ascribed to god Baal. Still there is village nearby called Betalous (Arabic بتعلوس). Baal was called also Baalous, and a Roman emperor existed as Aleiga Baalous, who fought to let Rome admit the worship of Baal.

The location was in close relation with Arwad kingdom (Arados) in the times of Phoenicians, and was a source of wood for ship industry.

It was an important site during Hellenic and Roman periods. Syria was then part of Seleucid Empire.

Now visitors can see the huge stones of the temple, with inscriptions in Greek and Latin.




 IC07 110 A`