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Burj El Naqoura

Tyr District

· Southern 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 interesting part of the site is the presence of a Muslim necropolis surrounding the tower that goes back to the 15th century AD.
The Naqoura tower is one of the best preserved, and is the last tower in Lebanon before reaching Palestine.
The tower is currently not accessible since it is located at the UNIFIL headquarters.

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