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This medieval fort, north of the city of Batroun, dates to the 17th century CE. It was constructed as a fortress to guard the trade route from Tripoli to Beirut. There are no archaeological signs on the site that suggest an earlier structure or earlier use as a military position

The fort is split into two sections which represent two separate phases of construction. A narrow path cut into the bedrock leads to the entrance, which opens to a vestibule and a triangular courtyard. The fortress is characterized by low ceilings and narrow passages, ideal for defense. At the southern side of the courtyard is the second architectural block, which served as a warehouse and cisterns. This phase of the building also contains a small prayer room for the guards.

The site has undergone restoration since 2007 with funding from USAID and the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism and Culture. This has included landscaping, consolidation of the foundation and drains to prevent further water damage.

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