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The six 30-meter-high pillars of Baalbeck's Jupiter Temple have stood the test of time for almost two millennia. The ensemble was once part of a complete rectangular colonnade lining the structure, part of the largest extant Roman temple complex. The IADC has thrown its own expertise and technology and that of Lebanese experts into the Jupiter Temple's conservation.Implemented by the Council for Development and Reconstruction, the work is part of a Cultural Heritage and Urban Development program, which since 1983 has sought to rehabilitate and protect historical sites in Tyre, Tripoli, Baalbeck, Byblos and Sidon. Their first phase in Baalbeck, 2003-2016, focused on the restoration of the temples of Bacchus and Venus. For this second phase, Italy has financed CHUD with a soft loan of 10.2 million euros ($11.6 million) and a grant of 2.2 million euros, to be used for preservation projects in all five cities.For Jupiter Temple, this means non-invasive restoration techniques and the use of two laser cleaning machines imported from Italy to remove grime and previous restoration efforts that did more harm than good.
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