Advantages Amazing work by one man only
Disadvantages None for me
Do you believe in fairy tale stories? What about the Princess, prince charming and his castle? Well I do and it’s not a fairy tale, it’s a real story about a simple man who built his own castle with his very hands. If you think this is an ordinary castle then think again! This is an amazing castle built by a person named Moussa Al Maamari in Lebanon.
Moussa Abdel Karim Al Maamari AKA Moussa Al Maamari or the Moussa the engineer was a Lebanese man who was born on July 27th, 1931 in a small village named of Harat Al Saraya near to Al Hosn fortress.
Moussa was caught by his strict teacher several times a day, day dreaming or sketching his dream castle. As a result of those acts he was beaten with a “Khizarana” or a bamboo cane while his class mate mocked him and so was his sweetheart. He wanted to fulfil his dream whatever it cost so he left the school and his family and walked by FOOT to Sidon (Saida) to his uncle and started his journey toward his dream castle.He worked with his uncle for many years restoring old buildings, ancient forts and castles. He worked for years until he gained enough experience and money from his work in restoring castles.
Back In 1951, He was paid fifteen thousand Lebanese pounds, which was a lot of money back then, now it is equivalent to 6 quid, for restoring an old castle own by a prince. It was then that he started to accomplish his dream. He bought a suitable land on a hill between Deir El Kamar and Beiteddine and then he started planning and getting legal permits to build his life-time castle. Unfortunately it took him over 9 years to get things right, he faced many complications until finally the foundation stone was laid and the real task had begun in 1962.He worked hard to build the castle with support from his wife (not his teenage love by the way) and little help from his neighbours until the castle was built. He then added some glass painted windows and clay statues and figures.
Some people didn’t believe that he designed and built his castle single-handedly , they claimed that there must be some hidden spiritual force like spirits and ghosts that helped him finishing his master piece. So do you believe in determination or in ghosts? Personally I admire the guy.He received many honours and badges and his castle was recognised by the country as one of most visited castles in Lebanon.
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