Sidon Sea Castle (Arabic: قلعة صيدا البحرية Kalaat Saida al-Bahriya) is a castle in Sidon, Lebanon. It was built by the Crusaders in 1228 A.D. on a small island connected to the mainland by a causeway. A climb to the top leads to the roof where there is a good view of the port and the old part of the city.
Today the castle consists primarily of two towers connected by a wall. In the outer walls Roman columns were used as horizontal reinforcements, a feature often seen in fortifications built on or near former Roman sites. The west tower is the better preserved of the two. Old prints of the fortress show it to be one of great beauty, but little remains of the embellishments that once decorated its ramparts. After the fall of Acre to the Mamluks all the sea castles were destroyed to prevent the Crusaders from re-establishing footholds on the coast.
Medina Sidonia es mi ciudad, su fundación como asentamiento comercial se debió a mercaderes oriundos de Sidonia . En época romana se denominada Assido Caesarina. Un saludo muy cordial desde las Columnas de Hércules .
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Photo taken in Saida, Lebanon
Castle Of Saida
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