I recently visited a city called Faqra (located in north Lebanon - Middle East) and was astonished to find Roman temples there. Granted, Lebanon is famous for Roman temples in Baalbek and Beirut, Greek ruins in Byblos and ancient structures in Tyre and Sidon. But the temples at Faqra differ from these others: They are built on a mountain - a remote and difficult location - the Romans must have had to deal with harsh weather conditions that would have hampered access to the site and made construction difficult, so these temples must have been of considerable importance. What was the reason for their construction?
Wikipedia did not give me much information: in History of Lebanon under Roman rule they didn’t mention it! I found faqra little history, this link gives brief information onthe temples. But can the source be trusted? While continuing my search, I found in Wikipedia George F. Taylor. A professor of English and an amateur:
He travelled Lebanon and documented the antiquities, temples and little known ancient sites and in 1967 published a book called The Roman Temples of Lebanon: a pictoral guide containing rare and information on an understudied subject. He divided up the temples into three groups; Temples of Mount Hermon, Temples of the Beqaa Valley and Temples of the Lebanese coastal plain. Taylor humbly admitted that he was only an amateur at trying to unravel the ancient mysteries of Lebanon and referred to his publication as a "book by an amateur, for an amateur". This has not stopped it being used as an authoritative reference on the subject for several decades.
(This paragraph mentions three types of temple, but elsewhere Wikipedia discusses only two of them.)
What was the purpose of the Roman temples at Faqra?
In particular, I am curious about the relevancy of this paragraph from Wikipedia's article on Mzaar Kfardebian to my question.
It is believed that the Romans were using fire as signals to communicate between the coastal area and Baalbek, or Heliopolis, through Faqra and the Mzaar peak.