If a Lebanese contest to elect the most perplexing town name were created, Sin el-Fil would unquestionably win the first prize.
What does a name like “Sin el-Fil” mean?… The “Tooth of the Elephant”?!
It would be too easy to be true.
Sin el-Fil is a phonetic erosion of “Saint Theophile,” the name of an ancient Crusader Citadel built there, now totally collapsed.
I heard that traces of ruins could still be found somewhere in a mysterious place.
That explains why there’s a neighborhood in Sin el-Fil still called “hayy el-Qalaa.” Souvenirs, souvenirs…