The Chehab Serail, located at the center of Hasbaya village, dates back to the 11th century AD.
Originally built on the ruins of a Roman temple by the Crusaders, the Serail was conquered in the 12th century AD by the Chehab family.
Its unique and splendid architecture is a blend of western and eastern styles, arched doorways and windows, old balconies and staircases, a mosque, a church, a diwan and a beautiful courtyard.
Many of the citadel’s interesting floors haven't been renovated and are restricted to visitors by the order of the Lebanese Directorate General of Antiquities.
Unfortunately, the whole complex is slowly falling apart.
Visit the Serail as soon as you can to enjoy its authenticity and beauty; you might stumble upon one of the Chehab Emirs’ descendants who still lives there and who would gladly organize a tour for you.
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