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Saida Souq

Along with Tripoli's, Saida's old city is Lebanon's most characterful and authentic souq area. It's a delight to wander the narrow lanes, ducking into tunnels and discovering venerable buildings along the way. Pick …
Historic Building in Saida

Khan Al Franj

A highlight of the souq area is the Khan Al Franj (Inn of the Foreigners), the most beautiful and best preserved of all the limestone khans built by Fakhreddine (Fakhr Ad Din Al Maan II) in the 17th century. Wonderf…
Mosque in Saida

Great Omari Mosque

Facing the northern tip of the harbour, the Omari (Great) Mosque is said to be one of the finest examples of Islamic religious architecture of the 13th century and was converted from a fortified Knights Hospitaller …
Ruins in Saida

Temple of Echmoun

About 3km northeast of Saida, this is Lebanon’s only Phoenician site boasting more than mere foundations. Begun in the 7th century BC, the temple complex was devoted to Echmoun, god of the city of Saida; the highlig…
Museum in Saida

Musée du Savon

Located in a beautifully restored stone-vaulted soap factory dating from the 17th century, this is a museum of what has traditionally been an important Saida export. Well laid out, with trilingual explanations (Arab…
Castle in Saida

Sea Castle

Erected in 1228 by the Crusaders, this picturesque castle sits on a small island that was formerly the site of a temple dedicated to Melkart, the Phoenician version of Hercules, and is connected to the mainland by a…
Lebanese in Saida

Tawlet Saida

Perched high over the old town with views over the fishing harbour, this outpost of Beirut's foodie maestros focuses on local traditions, so seafood is a highlight. It's a fabulous space that will entice you to ling…
Museum in Saida

Palace Debbané

Entered from the souq via a tall staircase marked with a sign, this former Ottoman aristocrat’s building built in 1721 has intricate Mamluk decoration, including tile work and cedar wood ceilings, and interesting hi…
Mosque in Saida

Bab As Saray Mosque

Just behind the Khan Al Franj, on a picturesque square, the Bab As Saray Mosque is the oldest in Saida, dating from 1201, and is filled with beautiful stonework, including hefty black columns. You can visit outside …