Saida, the mysterious city on the Lebanese south coast

Dominated by a Crusader citadel and open to its port, Saida (or Sidon) is one of the most prestigious cities on the south coast of Lebanon. A city steeped in history, with little-known origins, but which charms by its small streets and souks that have remained in their original state. Saida is one of the most beautiful tourist sites in Lebanon that is worth the detour.

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For a successful stay in Lebanon, a small tour in the mysterious city of Saida (or Sidon) is a must. Located 48 km south of Beirut, Saida is a very old coastal city also known as the "capital of South Lebanon". An emblematic city of ancient Phoenicia, Saida was born at the same time as Jbeil-Byblos and Tyre. From its history, it keeps essentially traces of the passage of the Babylonian and Roman Empire.

Saida is an obligatory step to fully immerse oneself in authentic Lebanon. This city is a real historical and commercial crossroads for the whole country. Through its heritage and its souks, the citadel succeeds in highlighting its most beautiful assets.

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#ู„ุจู†ุงู† #ุตูŠุฏุง ุงู„ุนูˆุงููŠ ู…ู† ุฃู‚ุฏู… ู…ุฏู† ุงู„ุนุงู„ู…: โค๏ธ ุตูŠุฏุง โค๏ธ Good afternoon dears from one of the oldest cities in the world: Saida. ๐Ÿ“ธ By @z.el.khatib.photography Remember to follow us and send your photos to be featured @myhopearabia_lb Tag and hashtag #myhopearabia_lb #lebanon #beirut #saida #sidon #tyre #janoub #southlebanon #history #traditional #historical #oldcities #saidasouks #oldbutgold #seacost #phoenician #culture #monuments #festival #lebanon๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ง #lebanon_hdr #hdrone #dronephotography #ุงู„ุฌู†ูˆุจ #ุชุงุฑูŠุฎ

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First stop during a stay in Saida, the Castle of the Sea, built by the Crusaders in the 13th century. Linked to the city's port by a stone bridge, the fortress is visible from the bus station. It offers a magnificent landscape that can be easily observed along the cornice. Once at the castle, the ruins lend themselves to an authentic stroll to the main hall of the tower. From the top of the medieval tower's roof you can enjoy a panoramic view of the entire coastline.

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Just in front of the castle, al-Moutran street leads to the famous traditional souks of Saida. Between souks of tapestries and typical Lebanese ornaments, the arcades of the old city are animated by a particularly joyful atmosphere.

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Further on, the furniture souk offers a unique landscape of children and old craftsmen working wood in narrow streets. These small carpentry workshops welcome visitors with open arms, who can take a closer look at the colourful mirrors and boat lamps made of cedar wood.

At the exit of the main street, a lane leads to the Greek-Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas. A true heritage vestige, this haven of peace dates from the 8th century. It is the only place that the city of Saida has been able to keep away from the marvellous sounds of the souks. Calmer and more peaceful, the atmosphere is rather made of many gustatory temptations. The ideal place to taste the local pastry (nammouras, candied fruit balls or almond paste).

Below the souk is the Soap Museum. As its name suggests, this place invites you to discover the history of soap, from its manufacture to its daily use. Established in the 19th century, the soap museum allows you to discover all the possible varieties of "saboun": round, square, perfumed or coloured.

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