Hasbaya Shehabi Citadel
Hasbaya Shehabi Citadel
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ziadzoubian
Beirut, Lebanon287 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
Hasbaya Palace is owned by the Chehab emirs, the citadel forms the major part of a Chehabi compound – (these Emirs were the rulers of the Lebanese mountains before the current Lebanon existed)

Hasbaya palace is abandoned and lacks rehabilitation.

Dont think that you are going to enter rooms filled with furniture,kitchenware, chandeliers, and photos of the different generation that lived in it. ie. (dont relate it to the palaces in Istanbul like Topkapi....) or that you will be accompanied by an English Speaker guide who takes you from room to room and from historical event to another.

No this palace is of another sort.

Your guide will be your curiosity..entering rooms will be peeking through the broken window rooms
& THE MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT IT IS THAT THE CHEHABI FAMILY STILL LIVES IN PARTS OF THE CITADEL.
Try your luck and knock the door for a conversation with them about their past and their glory days when they used to be a Ruler Family...
We had at least a 1 hour historical conversation about pre Lebanon and the relationships between the major ruler families.
It was worth more than any tour guide or history book!
Written October 21, 2015
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Marielle F
Baltimore, MD27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
Huge fort, full of corners, stairs, windows and balconies. The place is untouched and not renovated, and still feels out of an ancient time...Very rich in discoveries and even contains an authentic historic living room.
it is definitely worth a visit, especially that the family descending from the Chehabis, that won and ruled the fort, still live there!
A privately owned citadel of another kind.
Written May 14, 2016
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AlbertoS59
Sardinia, Italy72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
This little gem in southern Lebanon is definitely worth a visit,
a castle where time seems to stand still centuries ago.
You should however get in on tiptoe, imaging it still lively, with its amazing oriental balconies, terraces and windows.
While there I met the Shehabi heirs, that still live in, very proud to show you what remains.
Not for everyone!
Written November 3, 2017
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