Save Osseiran Palace from being demolished!

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Osseiran Palace is one of the few remaining heritage buildings in the southern Lebanese city of Saida.  The palace was built in 1922 and was inhabited by former Speaker of Parliament and one of the founders of the Lebanese Republic, Adel Osseiran and his family from 1930-1983.  

Osseiran Palace fell into decay and decline during the early 1990s and is currently property of the Maronite Order in Lebanon.  Attempts to rebuild and re-inhabit the palace failed over the years, largely due to economic and financial reasons.  Given that it was never classified as a heritage building by the Lebanese Ministry of Culture, Osseiran Palace - an architectural and historical landmark - is today at risk of being demolished. 

  1. We ask the Municipality of Saida and the Ministry of Culture to halt and prohibit any demolition works on Osseiran Palace.  
  2. We ask that Osseiran Palace be listed as a heritage building, so that it remains protected from any future demolition projects in the hope that interested parties raise the necessary funds to refurbish the building.  

To read about Osseiran Palace in Arabic / للقراءة عن قصر عسيران باللغة العربية: http://www.almodon.com/politics/2018/1/19/قصر-عسيران-في-صيدا-تحفة-معمارية-مهددة 

 Header photograph by Ali Lama'a for Al Modon ; retrieved from www.almodon.com



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