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Nothing political about this posting, just keeping up with the current events, view of the Sea Castle of Sidon, the city's most popular tourist attraction, I found only one other photo of it on this site, so I thought I would share. When I visited in 1998, this was the farthest south it was safe to travel (50km south of Beirut), actually I was told Tyre was also safe, but I did not risk it. A few days after visiting Sidon I travelled to Haifa (NOT overland of course), both places seemed like a very unlikely place for a conflict, you never know what tomorrow brings. I will add a panoramic photo taken from the castle looking toward the city in workshop, here's info about the ruins:

The Sea Castle
Is a fortress built by the Crusaders in the early 13th century on a small island connected to the mainland by a causeway. A climb to the top leads to the roof where there is a good view of the port and the old part of the city.
Today the castle consists primarily of two towers connected by a wall. In the outer walls Roman columns were used as horizontal reinforcements, a feature often seen in fortifications built on or near former Roman sites. The west tower is the better preserved of the two.
Old prints of the fortress show it to be one of great beauty, but little remains of the embellishments that once decorated its ramparts. After the fall of Acre to the Mamlukes all the sea castles were destroyed to prevent the Crusaders from re-establishing footholds on the coast.

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