"Akkar" Lebanon Favorite Tip by sarrahh
Lebanon General: 110 reviews and 93 photos
Favorite thing: (152 km from Beirut) - Castle
Probably built in the late 10th century A.D. by Mouhriz Ibn Akkar, the castle was taken by the Crusaders in the 12th century and re-conquered in 1271 by the Mamluke Sultan Baibars.
During the Ottoman period, it belonged to the feudal family of the Banu Sayfa, then around 1620 it was partially destroyed by Emir Fakhreddine II.
Although the castle is in ruins, you can recognize two courts separated by a sort of ditch and surrounded by five rectangular towers. The higher court contains a vaulted cistern. The main tower at the southern end, which is still in fairly good condition, is decorated with a frieze of lions carved during restoration work carried out by Sultan Baibars. From here there is also a splendid view of the surrounding area.
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