officially known as the Nicolas Sursock is a great example of which has Italianate, specifically Venetian, and Ottoman architectural influences. Have you ever had the chance to visit this grand monument?
human resilience from Phoenicia's Phoenixes: renovated downtown Beirut, Lebanon, following original rescued architectural plans, after colonizing wars from 1975-1990 (15.5 year old war 1975 Apr13 - 1990 Oct13) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebanese_Civil_War#rolfneumann
Beirut, lebanon the Paris of the Middle East in one of it's beautiful characteristics. Observe the unique combination of the new and the old, by just walking around the Down Town streets, in a 5 minute distance from Four Seasons Hotel Beirut!