Explore / District of Koura

It dates back to ancient times, to the time of city of Anbia (it is mentioned several times in Tell el Amarna sources 14th century B.C.) and to that of "Niveen", where a Crusader castle is found on a peninsula that is 400 meters long and 120 meters wide. The peninsula is divided by two parallel trenches cut in the rocks to provide security for the castle which was the largest and best fortified in the district. The size of these trenches is amazing; each is more than 100 meters long, 12 to 15 meters wide and around 8 or 10 meters high. There is almost nothing left from this Crusader castle for it was destroyed at the end of the 13th century. It used to contain 12 towers. Today there are the remains of pressing mills and burial crypts. On the sea-shore lies the Crusader church of Our Lady of the Wind, which is partially damaged. There are murals on its walls.

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