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Tower of the Lions

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Tripoli, Tripoli district

One of the few remaining structures built to protect Tripoli,  during Mamluk rule. The Tower of the Lions is a small fortress located at the far end of the harbor. It was named after the relief decorations of lions that once lined the facade. Roman columns are incorporated horizontally into three of its walls. The tower is an exceptional example of military Mamluk architecture, with interlocking bands of black-and-white stone adorning the portico, which is a porch with a roof supported by columns leading to the entrance of a building. The ground floor is constituted of a single large room that was decorated with armorial, carvings and paintings, traces of which can still be seen.