Khan el Franj
Khan el Franj. The khan el Franj is one of the many khans or caravansaries built by Fakhreddine II for merchants and goods. This is a typical khan with a large rectangular courtyard and a central fountain surrounded by covered galleries. The center of economic activity for the city in the 19th century, the khan also housed the French consulate. Today it is being renovated to serve as Sidon’s cultural center.
The great mosque
The Great Mosque. South of the souk on the way to the Castle of St. Louis, is the Great Mosque, formerly the Church of St. John of the Hospitalers. The four walls of this rectangular building (recently restored to their natural beauty) date to the 13th century.
The sea castle
The sea Castle is a fortress built by the Crusaders in the early 13th century on a small island connected to the mainland by a causeway. A climb to the top leads to the roof where there is a good view of the port and the old part of the city.
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In Saïda, churches and mosques are often seen side-by-side. The old city did not seem to have a separate Christian quarter, as was traditionally the case in many cities around the Levant.
The nice thing about Sidon's souk is that it is not in the least bit touristy, which means almost nobody will hassle you.
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