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This beautiful Beiruti mansion was built in 1912 as a residence for the Sursock family, one of the most prominent Greek Orthodox families in Beirut. The quiet Achrafieh street it is on was named after the same family who owned most of the mansions around it. It is said that once upon a time, rue Sursock was gated and closed every night. In 1950, the owner, Nicolas Ibrahim Sursock, donated it to the government and it was later turned into what is known as Lebanon's only modern art museum. The exhibited pieces, though, range from Lebanese modern art to important Islamic antiques from the Sursock family collection. The building itself is an interesting mix of Beiruti and Italian architecture.
UPDATE: On passing by in Sep 2010, I noticed that the museum was temporarily closed while construction work was in progress.
Address: Rue Sursock - Achrafieh
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