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Beiteddine Palace

A Cultural Treasure

Beiteddine Palace

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The Beiteddine Palace is a masterpiece of the early 19th century Lebanese architecture built by Emir Bechir Chehab II on a headland, which overlooks a terraced mountainside. It lies 45 km southeast of Beirut and is situated 900 meters above sea level. Built around a small Muslim-Druze hermitage, the Palace, is a composite work, conceived by Italian architects and carried out by the finest artists and craftsmen from the whole region. Although an oriental palace in its layout, Beiteddine also draws on all traditional forms of Lebanese architecture and fits perfectly with its mountainous surroundings. The edifice is enriched by glorious gardens. The Beiteddine Palace, with its vast courtyard and beautiful fountains, ochre stone and perfectly geometrical arcades, is a wonderful sight to behold. The imposing doors of inlaid marble, the typical ‘mandaloun’ balconies closed in by intricate woodwork, and the richly colored windows are all typical of the period.

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created on

04 / 19 / 2015

created by

Walid Nohra

category

Museums

location

Deir El Qamar - Lebanon