Villa Les Cèdres is the World’s Most Expensive House

Villa Les Cèdres, a luxurious mansion in Southern France is up for sale for $410 million dollars, making it the world's most expensive residential home. The 187 year old mansion built in the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat near Nice "sits on 35 acres decorated with 14,000 different species of plants, a man-made pond filled with lily pads, a bronze statue of Athena and 300-year-old olive trees, according to Bloomberg". Villa Les Cèdres was once the holiday home of…

Protection of Historical Sites and Buildings Finally Approved By Council of Ministers

The Council of Ministers, upon proposal by Lebanon's Minister of Culture Ghattas Khoury, has approved the long awaited law for the Protection of Historical Sites and Buildings. This is great news but there's still a lot of work to be done before it reaches parliament and gets voted on. There are barely 300 traditional homes and buildings left in Beirut and they all need to be maintained and protected. Save Beirut Heritage, along with other…
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How the New One Billion Dollar US Embassy in Awkar will Look Like

2 weeks ago
The new US Embassy in Lebanon will remain in Awkar and will be built over an area of 174,000 square meters at a cost of around $1 billion. They practically bought the whole mountain on ...
Architecture

How Many Guinness World Records Does Lebanon Hold?

1 month ago
I stumbled upon a friend’s comprehensive list of all the Guinness World Records Lebanon holds and there are 47 of them apparently! I looked up the Guinness World Records website and found 47 hits dating ...
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In Pictures: Abandoned Beidas Villa – Bhamdoun

2 months ago
Our friend Jad Ghorayeb paid a visit to the Beidas Villa in Bhamdoun this past weekend and shared those awesome shots of the abandoned villa. The owner was a Palestinian Lebanese banker called Yousef Beidas, ...
Architecture

The Egg is not Getting Demolished (For Now)

2 months ago
An old post from 2011 has somehow re-emerged online where the author is claiming that “the beloved egg-shaped landmark on Martyr’s Square is scheduled to be demolished in the coming days”. Needless to say, The ...
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In Pictures: The Synagogue of Bhamdoun

2 months ago
Most of the Lebanese Jews lived in Beirut but there were also communities in other cities like Saida and Tripoli and there are still intact synagogues mainly in Saida, Bhamdoun and Deir el Qamar. The ...
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#Lifehaus: The First Self-Sufficient Project in the Middle East Coming to Baskinta

3 months ago
Lifehaus is the first low cost fully self-sufficient project in the Middle East that is designed to lower the carbon footprint ​using upcycled, local materials and ancestral techniques. The founder and architect behind LifeHaus is ...
Architecture

Take a Sneak Peek into ABC Verdun’s Garden

4 months ago
Ever since I shared exclusive pictures of ABC Verdun, I had many ask me if there’s any greenery or gardens inside the mall, especially that green areas have a positive impact on the happiness of ...
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AKK Architects Are Renovating a 19th Century Ottoman Mansion in Beirut

4 months ago
It’s always great to hear old Beirut houses being renovated, rather than being demolished and replaced by skyscrapers. Beirut-based Annabel Karim Kassar (AKK) Architects, which is founded by Annabel Karim Kassar, has launched the restoration ...
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