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Description: One of Sidon's primary attractions is its Sea Castle, built as a little island off the city's coast by the Crusaders in the early 13th century to ward off invaders, and accessible via a causeway that links it to the mainland. Made of sandy yellow stone punctuated by grey stones, the site features Roman colonnades used to reinforce the outer walls. Noteworthy spots include the basement of the larger tower and two water cisterns.
A government resthouse on the waterfront next to the castle offers authentic Lebanese food in a verdant setting. Located inside a restored medieval abode, the resthouse features vaulted ceilings, a period dé,,,,cor, and a pleasing patio with a fountain.
Sidon's old town is a short walk from the Sea Castle. This ancient network of souks and narrow alleyways, with fruit and vegetable vendors, fish sellers, and Middle Eastern coffeehouses, bustles with activity.
Here, workmen still ply their age-old trades. On the edge of the souk lies a popular café,,,, where locals meet to smoke narguileh and drink fragrant Turkish coffee.
Fishermen sell their catch at the market near the port, not far from souk's entrance. Other sights in Sidon include Khan Al-Franj, a 17th century inn that has been converted into a cultural center, and the Great Mosque, which was originally the Church of St. John of the Hospitalers.
Ghazi Visitors can also view the Castle of St. Louis, which was originally built in the 13th century and restored over the years, most particularly in the 17th century by the Emir Fakhreddine II, and Murex Hill, a mound of debris formed by the accumulation of refuse from the purple dye factories of Phoenician times. Today, the hill is covered by houses and a cemetery. Sidon is also famous for its delicious Middle Eastern sweets, including the senioura, a local speciality that resembles a crumbly butter cookie.
Beyond the city limits lie the three main necropoli of Sidon, all three of which were in use until the late Roman and early Christian eras. These sights are located in residential areas, so no excavations are currently in progress at any of three necropoli.
 
 
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