Beaufort Castle, Arnoun

Beaufort or Belfort (Shaqif Arnun or Qala'at al-Shaqif in Arabic) is a Crusader fortress in Nabatieh Governorate, Southern Lebanon, about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) to the south-south-east of the village of Arnoun. There was a fortification on the site before it was captured by Fulk, King of Jerusalem, in 1139 and construction of the Crusader castle probably began soon after. Saladin captured Beaufort in 1190, and 60 years returned to Crusader control. In 1268 Sultan Baibars captured the castle.

The castle was named "bel fort" or "beau fort" (French for "beautiful fortress") by the Crusaders who occupied the castle in the 12th century. Its Arabic name Qala'at al-Shaqif means Castle of the High Rock (shqif is the Aramaic word for "high rock"). Beaufort provides one of the few cases where a medieval castle proved of military value and utility also in modern warfare, as its late 20th-century history shows.
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  • It's a beautiful castle, feels like at the top of the world. History lovers will have a blast there. It overlooks huge number of surrounding villages down to the sea. You will enjoy a rich walk. Some ...  more »
  • It is amazing to witness an old castle built on the top of high mountain 800 years ago. I thought it would've been an hour visit but we spent three hours enjoying the history and geography together. H...  more »
  • Amazing castle with a breathtaking view over south lebanon. You can see as far as the golan heights! It's a must see!
  • Amazing historical castle, like a step back in time , splendid views. Worth a visit if in Lebanon .
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