(18 km from Batroun)
South of Tripoli on the coast is a place of great interest to
those willing to do a little walking and investigating. This
is the site of "Ampi" mentioned in the 14th century
B.C. "Tell al-Amara Letters" and the "Nephin"
of the Crusader period where a formidable crusader castle once
A 100-meter-long moat with a rocky spur
that supported the castle's drawbridge cuts the peninsula into
two sections. The "island" section is covered with
interesting rock-cut tombs, olive presses, salt pans and the
remains of the Crusader castle itself.
Three seaside churches should be visited.
"Our Lady of the Wind" is a tiny ruined structure
with remains of Crusader period wall paintings. One can see
two mounted Saints, George and Demetrios, the figure of Christ
in majesty, two evangelists, more saints and a large figure of
the Virgin calming the stormy sea.