Nejmeh Square, Place de l'Étoile, is home to the Lebanese Parliament, its complementary Deputies’ office building, two cathedrals, a crypt museum, plus several cafés and restaurants. The square is a recognizable icon of Beirut, most notable for its Art Deco architecture.
The Castle of Saint Louis, also known as Qalaat al Muizz or the Land Castle, is a ruined castle in Sidon, Lebanon. It was built in 1254 by French crusaders on the site of an earlier Fatimid fortress, and was altered a number of times until the 17th century.
To reach al-Mantara one may take a "service" taxi near the south end of Sidon's main street (for 50 piasters, to Maghdoushe) asking to be let out at Sayidet al-Mantara, or, if driving, follow the coast highway about 4 kilometers south (across the river Saitaniq), turning left, (inland) on the branch paved road for an additional three kilometers or so.
Learn how soap is made from olive oil at Soap Museum, located within a 17th-century building that once served as a factory. Now a museum, the former factory exhibits old tools and includes a traditional hammam. Learn about manufacturing techniques from 17th century and explore the history of traditional soap making.