Hajar al-Hibla
Hajar al-Hibla
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Cora_v
Kyiv26,146 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Solo
Hajar Al Hibla, meaning “the Stone of the Pregnant Woman”, is a huge cut stone block you can find in the quarry not too far from the Baalbek Temple, which it was meant for.

This attraction won’t take more of your time than is needed to cast a glimpse at the massive stone monolith still lying unutilised in the quarry and to wonder about the engineering ideas that allowed bringing such sizeable blocks to the construction site of the Baal Temple.

Entrance (as of May 13) was free of charge, and it was possible to wander around the entire quarry, which isn’t large, and to climb the stone blocs. Makes nice quick addition to the overwhelming experience of exploring the Temple of Baalbek.
Written 17 January 2014
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Albert F
Zephyrhills, FL287 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I gave this a 5 because it was once used as a garbage dump, and one man decided too clean it up. He deserves a little love. It is free to get in to , he basically takes donations and tries to sell you copies of old coins and jewelry.
The stone itself is immense, like the title, how were they going to move it? Also surrounding the stone are small dug out caves he tells me were graves. Who knows for sure, their is no official documentation on this site, listed as "Roman Quarry" on the roads sign. Blink and you'll miss it.
Written 3 October 2019
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ALEXandYUKI
Plainview, NY74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Be sure to start your visit by meeting the kind Mr. Abdul Nabi al-Afi at the onsite souvenir shop. He will greet you warmly, offer a free cup of coffee to each visitor, and explain about the site.

This is the largest cut stone on the entire planet... approximately 20 meters long by 4 meters wide by 4 meters tall. One cannot really appreciate the size of this thing until you get up close and touch it. You will be amazed and wonder how could the ancients transport stones this size from the quarry to their final destination.

Just a short walk from the main roman ruins and temples at Baalbek, this is a must see and not to be missed!
Written 27 January 2019
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Andyrock81
Rockhampton, Australia1,104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
This is a worthwhile stop on the way to the temple. As mentioned in other reviews, you only truly appreciate the size of the block and the effort required to move masonry of this size until you stand next to it. We saw this before visiting the main temple and it is good to do this first as it give you an appreciation as to how much effort was involved to build the foundations. There are many blocks of a similar size used at the main temple. There is a small gift shop with souvenirs and coffee next to the site too. 15 - 30 minutes is all you need here.
Written 28 November 2017
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HONkiev
Odesa, Ukraine1,929 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
when you see photos this stone isn't impressive. The real size you only understand when you're standing next to it. When in Baalbek for the Roman Ruins, take the detour and visit the biggest stone.
Written 21 November 2017
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Ivana S
Smederevska Palanka40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Solo
This is a sight where stones were prepared before carried to Baalbek Temples. This one didn't make it leaving us insight into construction engineering of those times... It is just amazing to see this huge stone, perfectly shaped and wander how did they make it at that time...? It takes cc 15 minutes to visit.
Written 29 April 2014
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore12,841 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
This is one of the largest Roman monolith ever quarried and there are several legends surrounding this stone which gave it this strong name. There is a platform from where you can view the stone from an elevated angle or you can go down and walk around the stone. An interesting piece of history and a good photo stop.
Written 4 June 2020
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,896 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Before heading to fabled Baalbeck we visited its nearby quarry. It includes the Stone of the Pregnant Woman, a messed up translation. At 14' x 16' x 67' and weighing over a 1,000 tons, it is the definition of massiveness. Kudos to one of the vendors who cleaned the site up decades ago. The area was also later used for tombs.
Written 21 May 2019
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jeremyseda
Post Falls, ID282 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
I’ve wanted to see this location for years because of the fact that it is the world’s largest “man-made” megalith. It’s truly an awesome site to get up close to really take in the grandeur of the Stone of the Pregnant Woman!
Written 11 April 2019
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AACN
Miami, FL391 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
The excavated block is helpful in giving visitors to Baalbek some greater appreciation of Roman engineering and the massive efforts involved in building the Temple of Bacchus.
Written 3 March 2019
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