During the special days for heritage I got the chance to step inside a place that holds a particular importance in Lebanon’s history: The Pine Residence.
A quick historical background: The residence was built in early 1920’s and where was declared on its steps the independence of Great Lebanon on September 1st in that same year. This important event is commemorated by a plate located on the monumental front door.
Check out the stunning main door details!
Let’s enter inside now; extremely well preserved the residence is a Gem of the ottoman period with a blend of Art deco in a rich balanced historical interior.
Arriving to the last room on the ground floor where a marble fountain is located surrounded by warm walls fully decorated with hand painted wood panels. This room had a complete different style from the other parts of this floor.
This was the first time that the residence was opened to the public but unfortunately the access to the first floor and parts of the gardens wasn’t allowed since the building is now the official residence of the French Ambassador to Lebanon. Apart from that, the gardens are being used as a wedding venue for some of the country’s most prestigious ceremonies with the extraordinary architectural facade as a background.