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Saida, Saida district

Located in the south, Murex Hill is an artificial hill about 100 m high and 50 m long, partially covered by a cemetery. This is Saida’s ancient garbage dump, largely formed from the crushed remains of hundreds of thousands of murex shells, the by-product of the city's famed dye. It took 10,000 murex mollusks to make just one gram of purple dye which in Roman times was worth three times as much as gold when used on silk. Traces of the shells can be seen on the embankment heading south from the Castle of Saint Louis.