Historic Building in Sidon (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 various histor…
Khan in Sidon (Saida)

Khan el-Franj

A highlight of the souq area is the Khan el-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…
Museum in Sidon (Saida)

Musée du Savon

Located in an old soap factory dating from the 17th century, this is Lebanon’s only museum of that most humble yet indispensable of products. Well laid-out, with trilingual explanations (Arabic, English, French) on …
Castle in Sidon (Saida)

Sea Castle

Erected in 1228 by the Crusaders, this 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 fortified s…
Mosque in Sidon (Saida)

Bab as-Saray Mosque

Just behind the Khan al-Franj, the Bab as-Saray Mosque is the oldest in Sidon, dating from 1201, and is filled with beautiful stonework. It may not always be open to non-Muslims, so check before entering.
Castle in Sidon (Saida)

Castle of St Louis

The ruins of this once-impressive castle stand on a mound to the south of town. The present structure dates back to the Crusaders, who built on the site of an earlier Fatimid fortress - as reflected in the local nam…
Mosque in Sidon (Saida)

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 originally converted from a fortified Knights …
Hill in Sidon (Saida)

Murex Hill

Murex Hill is an artificial hill about 100m high and 50m long, partially covered by a cemetery. This is Sidon's ancient garbage dump, largely formed from the crushed remains of hundreds of thousands of murex shells,…
Market in Sidon (Saida)


The old covered souqs are the city's highlight, lying between the Sea Castle and the Castle of St Louis. This is where, in labyrinthine alleyways, shopkeepers ply their trades in workshops the same way they have don…