10 facts you must know about the Beaufort Castle in South Lebanon! - The961

10 facts you must know about the Beaufort Castle in South Lebanon!

It offers a breathtaking view!

Beaufort Castle, or Qalaat Al Shaqif, is a Crusader fortress in Nabatieh, South of Lebanon. 

@thrutheeyesofdembedded via  

There was a fortification on the site before it was captured by Fulk, King of Jerusalem, in 1139. The construction of the Beaufort Castle began later.

@lebanontravelerembedded via  

It is strategically located on a hill that overlooks the Litani River and offers a view of Northern Palestine. The castle's strategic location made it a ground for many battles throughout its history.

@lebanese_destinationsembedded via  

The Crusaders suffered a crushing defeat in 1187 at the hands of Saladin who was the first sultan of Egypt and Syria. Saladin controlled many cities and castles in the region. The Crusader's power started to fade.

@farah_sleimanembedded via  

The castle came under the control of the Crusaders again in 1240. The monument was captured by the Mamluks in 1268.

@elena.habreembedded via  

The leader of the Mount Lebanon Emirate Fakhreddine II took over the castle in the 17th century because of its strategic location. He was defeated by the Ottomans who destroyed the upper part of the castle. The Galilee earthquake of 1837 caused further damage to the structure.

@timazsembedded via  

French historians and archaeologists investigated the region's history and structures including Beaufort Castle during the mandate.

@patzzz89embedded via  

The Israeli forces captured the castle later. It was liberated in 2000 and became fully under the control of Lebanon.

@yarasabbaghembedded via  

Beaufort Castle is now one of Lebanon's most famous landmarks. It is now standing tall and proud despite its painful history. Despite the external ruin, the inside of the castle is well preserved. 

@christhageembedded via  

Beaufort castle was brought back to life when Tyre International Festival organized many concerts there during the summer. It offers a breathtaking view of South Lebanon. If you're into history and beautiful sceneries, you know where to go!

@krikorkabakianembedded via  

Share on Facebook