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Ziad al-Maamari grew up helping his father build a castle. In the beginning, the "castle" was a one-story stone building where the family lived in two rooms. Today, Moussa Castle, named for Ziad's father, Moussa al-Maamari, is a 3,500-square-meter stone fortress with fairy-tale turrets.The castle in the Chouf has become one of Lebanon's most beloved tourist destinations. Moussa, the castle's mastermind and builder, died last year at age 87, but his surviving family members -- his wife, Marie, along with Ziad and his three siblings -- are carrying on.The castle was teeming Wednesday with a constant flow of visitors: tour groups of Lebanese, Polish and Egyptian tourists as well as individual families. The story has become family lore.Moussa never entered the classroom again.In the early 1980s, Moussa decided to invite his former teacher and his schoolboy crush to see that the dream had been realized.
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