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Burj Tabarja

Kesrouane 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 Tabarja tower faced the Naher el-Kalb tower and was under the authority of the Assaf Turkmen Emirs of Ghazir. It is however falsely attributed to empress Helena.
The tower is located in a private property, and can be seen from the public beach located nearby.

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