Sidon Sea Castle
Is a fortress built by the Crusaders in the early 13th century on a small island
connected to the mainland by a causeway. A climb to the top leads to the roof
where there is a good view of the port and the old part of the city.
Today the castle consists primarily of two towers connected by a wall. In the
outer walls Roman columns were used as horizontal reinforcements, a feature
often seen in fortifications built on or near former Roman sites. The west
tower is the better preserved of the two.
Old prints of the fortress show it to be one of great beauty,
but little remains of the embellishments that once decorated its ramparts.
After the fall of Acre to the Mamlukes all the sea castles were destroyed to
prevent the Crusaders from re-establishing footholds on the coast.
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