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For many years it was not generally known that the small castle of Mousayliha, near Batroun, was a 16th Century foundation of the Ayyubid princes of Aleppo. Recent disclosure of this fact by the Emir Izzat al-Ayyubi of Nakhle cleared up a long period of doubt concerning the compact little fortress' origin and also brought to light the fascinating story of the Sons of Saladin in Lebanon.
Mousayliha - the diminutive form of Maslaha, Arabic word for a fortified place - stands alone on top of a - detached rocky spur in the center of the Nahr el-Jaouze river valley beneath the mighty cliffs of Ras Shakka's southeastern face - the only one of Lebanon's castles to stand thus at the pinnacle of a sharp peak, like fairy tale castles in story books.

64 km. From Beirut

For some strange reason the styled it "The Gothic Castle", although only refernces to the area's history indicated that it was near the site of an ancient Roman settlement guarding the narrow pass behind the Gibraltar-like Ras Shakka between Batroun and Tripoli.

I took this shot from a church that is built on a high mountain overlooking this gothic castle! if you notice there's the river on the right side that is only flowing during winter time! I have some close up and interior shots for this castle that I will display in the future! it's worth checking it out!

Thank you and enjoy!:)

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