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Burj Bhannine

Miniyeh-Danniyeh District

· Northern Lebanon

Following the Mameluk victory over the Crusaders and their conquest of the Levant, a series of watch towers were built on the coast in the 13th century.

The towers once formed an unbroken chain of light-of-sight observation posts from Naqura to Naher el-Kebir. Their purpose was to defend the coast by preventing future crusader landings.

The Bhannine tower still preserve its roof stairs and outer walls, though the first layer of its defensive walls has been largely damaged.

The tower still holds the second floor from the inside, as well as its different sections.
You can access the tower from the garden of a house that is built on site. Don't forget to ask for permission to access it from the house members.

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