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Heliopolis,

Syria: see BaalbekBaalbek
, ancient city, now in Lebanon, 35 mi (56 km) NW of Damascus, in the Al Biqa (Bekaa) valley. Originally it was probably devoted to the worship of Baal or Bel, the Phoenician sun god, although no traces of an early Phoenician settlement have survived.
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Heliopolis

(hēlēŏp`əlĭs) [Gr.,=city of the sun], ancient city, N Egypt, in the Nile delta, 6 mi (10 km) below modern Cairo. It was noted as the center of sun worship, and its god Ra or Re was the state deity until Thebes became capital (c.2100 B.C.). The god Amon was then joined with Ra as Amon-Ra or Amon-Re (see Egyptian religionEgyptian religion,
the religious beliefs of the ancient inhabitants of Egypt. Information concerning ancient Egyptian religion is abundant but unsatisfactory. Only certain parts of Egyptian religious life and thought are known; whole periods remain in the dark.
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). Under the New Empire (c.1570 B.C.–c.1085 B.C.), Heliopolis was the seat of the viceroy for N Egypt. The obelisks called Cleopatra's Needles were erected there. Its schools of philosophy and astronomy declined after the founding of Alexandria in 332 B.C., but the city never wholly lost importance until the Christian era. The Egyptian name was On; little of the city remains.

Heliopolis

 

(literally, city of the sun; ancient Egyptian, Iunu; present-day Al Matariyah, near Cairo), one of the most ancient cities of Egypt. It appeared in the fourth millennium B.C. The city was the main center of the cult of the god Re-Atum. Also located in Heliopolis was the “Nile measure,” a stone structure for measuring the level of the Nile.

Heliopolis

1. (in ancient Egypt) a city near the apex of the Nile delta: a centre of sun worship
2. the Ancient Greek name for Baalbek
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