Moussa Castle, Beiteddine

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Moussa Castle is a castle between Deir el Qamar and Beit ed-Dine in Lebanon.

It is the life work of a Lebanese visionary, requiring 60 years of dedicated hard-work to finish.
Moussa's castle was built on a hill between Deir El Kamar and Beiteddine - Lebanon, with the beliefs and ideas of its builder engraved on its stones. The castle was built by Moussa Abdel Karim Al Maamari who was born on July 27, 1931, in the village of Harat Al Saraya - Lebanon and died January 31, 2018, in the village Deir El Qamar. His idea of building a castle began when he was only 14 years old, inspired by the Middle Ages.

Ridiculed by his teacher "Anwar" and mocked by his classmates, he left school and travelled to Saida on foot where he worked with his uncle on restoring Saida's fortress. He was later assigned by the Emir Maurice Chehab to renovate the castles and to excavate for archaeological discoveries to be exhibited in the National Museum of Beirut in 1947. He continued working in the same field gaining enough experience from his work in restoring castles. He was then transferred to Beiteddine palace, where he restored the museum of Emir Bashir Chehabi II; he supervised the work as well as the placing of the Emir's weapons collection, clothes and jewelry, and the sword offered to him by Napoleon in the museum that was inaugurated under the rule of late president Beshara Khalil Al Khoury in September 1951. It was then that he began work on his own construction and bought a suitable piece of land. The foundation stone was laid in 1962, and completed with the help of his wife.
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  • What a great visit! With such a beautiful story or endurance and survival. It was so much fun walking thorugh the museum. The creater did such a great job of dipicting the life he lived, traditional....  more »
  • This site is often skipped over because it has all the makings of a tourist trap. But it is so kitschy that it almost demands to be seen. Allegedly built by one monomaniacal man with a vendetta...  more »
  • This is a very weird place and it's not really something to see. Inside of the Castle you're forced to listen to music then after your forced to pay for it. Beirut have so many fantastic thing - this....  more »
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  • Good place from the outside.. inside need a lot of reparations and a better finishing (designs and structural view). Very expensive with an average off 10$ per person. The place doesn't smell good and the lighting can be much better. Otherwise, the region is good and has very good view for the outside. Enjoy
  • Amazing experience. You certainly need 3 hours minimum to cover all sections.
  • Beautiful place, creative architecture, stunning engravings on stones, inspiring story behind the builder Moussa Al Maamari. It’s one of the main attractions in Chouf area for locals and tourists. However, it needs some renovations from the inside but definitely a must see place. It represents the Lebanese culture
  • Moussa castle is a castle in lebanon .A man poor ,he was beaten and mocked by a teacher who told him he would never amount to anything.Even his sweetheart ridiculed him ,saying she would never marry him and that she planned to marry someone rich a castle. Moussa had the fortune to work with his uncle to restore a lebanese castle.Moussa bought land in the shouf mountains and begin building .
  • Moussa castle is a castle in lebanon .A man poor ,he was beaten and mocked by a teacher who told him he would never amount to anything.Even his sweetheart ridiculed him ,saying she would never marry him and that she planned to marry someone rich a castle. Moussa had the fortune to work with his uncle to restore a lebanese castle.Moussa bought land in the shouf mountains and begin building .

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