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Burj El Fidar

Byblos District

· Mount-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 Fidar tower is the best preserved where one can clearly see the corbels of its machicolated battlements, its walls and arrow slits, and the zig-zag and rosette decorations over the east window.

The tower is accessible via the road of “Zita Fidar” guest house.

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