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From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:

     called by the Greeks Heliopolis i.e., "the city of the sun",
     because of its famous Temple of the Sun, has by some been
     supposed to be Solomon's "house of the forest of Lebanon" (1
     Kings 7:2; 10:17; 2 Chr. 9:16); by others it is identified with
     Baal-gad (q.v.). It was a city of Coele-Syria, on the lowest

     declivity of Anti-Libanus, about 42 miles north-west of
     Damascus. It was one of the most splendid of Syrian cities,
     existing from a remote antiquity. After sustaining several
     sieges under the Moslems and others, it was finally destroyed by
     an earthquake in 1759. Its ruins are of great extent.

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