The Roman temple of Bziza is a well-preserved first-century AD Roman
temple in the Lebanese town of Bziza. It is dedicated to Azizos, a
personification of the morning star in the Canaanite mythology. The
temple's name is a corruption of Beth Azizo, meaning the house or temple
of Azizos. The building has two doors that connect the portico to a
square chamber. To the back of the temple lie the remains of the adyton
where images of the deity once stood. The ancient temple was meant to
function as the dwelling place of the deity. It was converted into a
church and underwent architectural modification during two phases of
Christianization: in the Early Byzantine period and in the twelfth and
thirteenth centuries. The church, colloquially known until modern times
as the Lady of the Pillars, fell into disrepair. Despite the church's
condition, Christian devotion was still maintained in the nineteenth
century in one of the temple's niches.
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