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Saida, Saida district

Located in the south, Khan El Franj is just down the street from the souks of Saida on the sea side corniche, and was built by Emir Fakhreddine in the 17th century. The name in English means a caravanserai, which is a roadside inn where travelers could rest from their day journeys. It was made to accommodate French merchants and goods in order to develop trade with Europe. Its architectural style is in the tradition of the urban khan, containing a rectangular courtyard and a central fountain surrounded by covered galleries, which are covered passages that are opened at one side.