- Type: Attractions
- Localyte author: Jessie A
- The coastal city of Batroun located in northern Lebanon is one of the oldest cities of the world. One of Batroun's medieval archaeological sites is the Crusader citadel of Mousaylaha which is constructed on an isolated massive rock with steep sides protruding in the middle of a plain surrounded by mountains. It is believed that the castle dates back to the middle ages. It consists of two floors with an internal rectangular castle that can be reached by climbing few broken stairs. The internal castle overlies a set of pillars and has a well dug in its floor connected to canals carved in the rocks. The central room has two doors; they lead to the western section and the eastern section which have a narrow sand stone staircase that leads to the multi-sectioned upper floor. The walls of this castle are thick and infiltrated with several scuttles used for security or for defense. A good part of its ceiling and the observation tower are demolished. Under Ottoman rule, Batroun was the centre of a caza in the mutessariflik of Lebanon and the seat of a Maronite diocese, suffragan to the Maronite patriarchate. Since 1999 it has been the seat of the Maronite eparchy. Batroun is a major tourist destination in North Lebanon. The town boasts tens of historic churches, both Catholic and Greek Orthodox. The town is also a major beach resort with a vibrant nightlife. Citrus groves surround Batroun, and the town has been famous, from the early twentieth century, for its fresh lemonade, which is sold by all cafés and restaurants on its main street.
- The description was provided by Jessie A
- Batroun, North
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