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Crusaders Sea Castle

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Address: Sidon Sea Boulevard, Sidon, Lebanon
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Interesting place

You've got to go and have a walk around, it'll only take 20 minutes and is good to see but it lacks any public information boards which is a shame really as there's no context... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The fortress doesn't has any support information so you really need some tour guide or a good leaflet. The level of preservation is good and the connection with the sea gives you an amazing feeling of going back in time. Enjoy photos of the coastline.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You've got to go and have a walk around, it'll only take 20 minutes and is good to see but it lacks any public information boards which is a shame really as there's no context. Already mentioned is the recycled columns in the walls, you see this a lot in the crusader remains in Lebanon, there's some interesting internal rooms... More 

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Antalya, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unlike Tyre, archaeological ruins in Sidon are sparse. Many columns have been recycled for use in the castle. From the castle one can get a view of Zire Island to the north and the south harbor, all part of the ancient port.

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Sydney
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

The crusader fort guarding the Sidon Harbour is a reminder of the age and history of this fantastic country. The fort is easily accessible for a small entry fee with the views out over the sea very impressive from the top of the fort. Only problem is that the interior is not well maintained and this does detract from the... More 

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Burnie, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

While it doesn't take long at all to see the Sea Castle, it makes a great stop to visit between Beirut and Tyre. Watching the sunset here is very pretty.

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Tallinn, Estonia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Spoiled only (on one side) by the operating port right behind it. But in the other direction the views over Saida and out to sea are fantastic and make for some great photos. The castle itself is fascinating and fairly easy to access as well.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Open to the public at a very small fee (2500 lira) per person. Amazing views of Saida and surroundings from the higher parts of the castle. Recommended climbing to the top and enjoying the beautiful sea breeze and views. You can easily spend an hour exploring the small castle and climbing to the top and enjoying the view.

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Thank cbakkour01
Riyadh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

A great place to visit, taking you hundreds of years back in history. Open for public with no restrictions.

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Not much that one can say about this ruin. You can readily see how the crusaders robbed previous buildings – the round shapes in the walls are segments of Roman columns. The upper level affords a panoramic view of the city and harbour. This is a Kodak moment!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Cost about 4,000 Lira to go in, you can literally walk all up and down the castle, very few places are restricted which is both good and bad. It is not well maintained or cleaned which makes it a bit sad that history is falling into disrepair.

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