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Introduction | Aanjar | Baalbeck | Beirut | Beiteddine | Byblos | The Cedars | Faqra | Jeita | Sidon | Tripoli | Tyre | Zahle

Sidon (Saida in Arabic) means "fishing" for it was graced by "Qala 'At Al Baher" Castle of the Sea built by Crusaders. Sidon 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.

There is evidence that Sidon was inhabited as long ago as 4000 BC, and perhaps as early as Neolithic times. The ancient city was built on a promontory facing an island, which sheltered its fleet from storms and served as a refuge during military incursions from the interior. In its wealth, commercial initiative, and religious significance, Sidon is said to have surpassed all other Phoenician city-states.

There are numerous sites of interest: The Saint Louis Castle and the Murex Hill, 45 meters high and made of an accumulation of shells from which the Phoenicians extracted the famous famous purple dye. Its inhabitants were famous for their valuable art work. Among the merchandises were pottery and glassware, ivory hairpins, valuable objects carved in ivory and gold and jewellery set with semi precious stones etc.

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Today, Sidon isa busy commercial centre 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 plantations.


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