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Description: The largest town in Jabal Amel, Nabatiyeh is a thriving economic and cultural center. A popular market featuring local products is held in the town every Monday.
Nabatiyeh also provides the setting for the annual commemoration of the battle of Kerbala, in which the Imam Hussein was martyred. Each year, thousands of Shia Muslims take part in this event.
Nabatiyeh is also the birthplace of such renowned thinkers as Cheikh Aref al Zein, one of the great Arab theologians, and scientist Kamel al Sabbah. Two noteworthy sites include the 16th-century mosque located in the center of town, and Nabatiyeh al Fawqa, a Mamluk mosque also named the Prophet's mosque.
Southwest of Natabiyeh lies the town of Arnoun, and high on a hill overlooking the town and the road that links the southern Bekaa to Damascus, the Syrian capital, stands Chqif Arnoun, better known as Beaufort castle.
The most renowned archeological site in the region, Beaufort castle is believed by some to have been built during the Crusader era. Others believe that the castle was built by the Romans or the Byzantines, and later restored and enlarged by the Arabs.
Beaufort was captured from the Governor of Damascus by the King of Jerusalem Foulque d’,,,,,Anjou, who later ceded the citadel to the Crusaders in 1138. Saladdin occupied the citadel in 1190, but it was recaptured by the Crusaders in 1240. Restored during the 1970s by the Lebanese government, Beaufort castle was the victim of Israeli bombardments from 1982 until 2000, when Israel withdrew from Southern Lebanon.
Beaufort castle stands on a rocky cliff at 710 meters above sea level. In spite of the damage it sustained over the years, the citadel retains its principal architectural features, including two towers and the main entrance.
 
 
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