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Sidon or it is called also "Saida" is located in the south of Lebanon it is a very nice city.
Sidon, on the coast 48 kilometers south of Beirut, is one of the Famous names in ancient history. But of all of Lebanon's cities this is the most mysterious, for its past has been tragically scattered and plundered.
In the 19th century, treasure hunters and amateur archaeologists made off with many of its most beautiful and important objects, some of which can now be seen in foreign museums.
In this century too, ancient objects from Sidon (Saidoon is the Phoenician name, Saida in Arabic), have turned up on the world's antiquities markets.
Other traces of its history lie beneath the concrete of modern constructions, perhaps buried forever.
The challenge for today's visitor to Sidon then is to recapture a sense of this city's ancient glory from the intriguing elements that still survive.
The largest city in south Lebanon, Sidon is a busy commercial center with the pleasant, conservative atmosphere of a small town. Since Persian times this was known as the city of gardens and even today it is surrounded by citrus and banana plantation.

Welcome to Debbane` Palace

This 18th century house depicts all the elements of an Arab-Ottoman dar with a main courtyard whose essential purpose is to provide access to the surrounding rooms.
It demonstrate a perfect integration of decorative motifs and architecture in the style of the Damascene decoration school. This style was developed from the mameluk tradition and furthur enriched by ottoman art.
In 1920, the palace acquired its present day aspect with the bay-window which provides light for the courtyard below and the red tiled roof.

The Debbane` Palace opens everyday between 9 am and 6 pm.
Address: Al Moutran Street
Telephone: 961 7 720 110

Cafes in Saida

Here are some of the cafes that u can sit in and have a coffee or tea and even shisha,
These cafe are beside the famous and only hotel in Saida called "Qalaa (castle) Hotel" and beside the sea castle.
I prefer to sit in a cafe called rayyes al mina

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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Interesting reading about the Soap Museum, it sounds interesting, thanks for sharing!

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2010 at 4:47 AM

    Hi Sarah, Sidon and its things to do looks inviting. Esp the soap museum's sound interesting. Best wishes from Istanbul.Bora

  • Sobe-A-Rush's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2007 at 5:02 AM

    I cannot wait for the sisha's when i get there. MMMM mmm gooooot. There is berely any of that here. I honestly cant wait.MORE PICS OF LEB PLZZZ!!! :) Yanni

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2006 at 8:44 PM

    Hello Sarah! Interesting page on Sidon! Happy birthday from Finland!

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2006 at 4:06 AM

    Please tell us that most of the monuments survived the war. I know that we probably won't be able to visit now because of the anti-amrican feeling, but I hope that you are okay.

  • DunaKal's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2006 at 3:47 PM

    did u know that i was the first one who wrote about sidon on VT ;-) but i think i should come to lebanon and take more pix to update my pages!!

  • call_me_rhia's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2006 at 10:47 PM

    i hope that you are fine and that this war has spared you and your family.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2006 at 8:36 PM

    beautiful photos you have on your pages. makes me wanna come back to lebanon.

  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2006 at 1:57 AM

    I enjoyed your speech about hariri

  • shikokuzen's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2006 at 11:28 PM

    As Salaam Ailikum Sarah.......wonderful pictures and a great introduction for those of us who have never been ....thanks...bob


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