Bechara el-Khoury Abandoned Palace in Zokak el-Blat

Architecture is a visual art and the buildings speak for themselves.– Julia Morgan

Beirut is considered to be a language, and just by walking through the neighborhood you will find yourself speaking that language, where architecture gives you a sense of its beauty and elaborates everyday acts.

Every building has a strong accent that expresses each designer’s personality throughout the timeline. As Juhani Pallasmaa once said “The door handle is the handshake of the building.” A philosophy where it emphasizes that everyone may have a different view and may not want to discover what lies beyond the door.  And that is exactly what happened to me, something triggered my friend tzesika and I to visit Bechara el-Khoury Abandoned Palace in Zokak el-Blat, Beirut, Lebanon.

Nowadays, the palace is owned by the municipality and is being occupied by a carpenter that claims to be paying rent to them. Originally, the palace used to be in one of the high esteemed neighborhoods, Zokak el-Blat, that contained many villas and palaces. Essentially, given the name Zokak el-Blat, it was the first area to have a paved road.

With all the destruction, we were still able of being impressed and amazed of what was left of the 19th century mansion interior. I started imagining how the living room was using the remains of the decorative classic cornice at the corners of the blue painted ceiling. What made the ceiling even more beautiful were the extruded floral patterns made of gypsum.What I loved about the living room were the two long columns that gave a grand entrance to a big terrace. The wooden shutters of the window were painted in turquoise with beautiful gold handles which coincidentally complemented the color of my dress.

This palace made me realize the rich history and culture that Beirut has hidden and waiting for me to discover.

Find below outfit details!

Location: Bechara el-Khoury Abandoned Palace in Zokak el-Blat, Beirut, Lebanon

Photos by: tzesikailiovitsphotography


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19 Comment

  1. Salma
    October 16, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Amazing place, i wish it will he restored one day, as zokak al blat has some forgotten gems, very nice photoshoot and nice way to spread awarness about beirut heritage and architecture.

  2. Yara Nader
    October 16, 2017 at 7:15 am

    I don’t know where or how I should begin commenting on the article. Reading about the Palace is bitter-sweet; it’s sad that such a palace is abandoned in a city that survived so many wars. Beirut is indeed a language! What I loved about the article and the images is that you added life to such a luxurious abandoned palace. I love the dress and its accessories, and I loved that you even kept details about all of what you were wearing, so we could shop your style ;)! Keep up the good work and looking forward to reading your next article!

  3. Amina
    October 16, 2017 at 7:19 am

    What a stylish combination – a light flowing dress with Patchwork Ankle Wrap shoes.
    by the way I am an interior designer and I love the historic back drop. Your images and style are truly inspiring. Looking forward for more wonderful content!

  4. Marwa Ezzeldin
    October 16, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Honestly, this is one of the most beautiful articles I’ve ever read. Even though the current condition of the palace made you sad, you added life to it by your beautiful smile and elegant outfit. What I love about your posts and outfits is your attention to the details because they do make a difference .. Can’t wait to see your next piece of art <3

  5. Sara Bazzouni
    October 17, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Thank you Marwa, you are so kind! And it is really true as interior and Architect designers we really do appreciate all kind of beauty and pay attention to minute details. Hopefully one day the government will be able to renovate such beautiful palace.


  6. Sara Bazzouni
    October 17, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Thank you Amina, I am so glad you loved the article as well as the outfit details.
    Can not wait to share with you all my trip to Cappadocia TurKey.


  7. Sara Bazzouni
    October 17, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Thank you Yara! Your words means a lot to me. I am so happy that you were able to understand the story behind the images.
    I really appreciate your lovely support and i can not wait to share my next article. It will be about Cappadocia in Turkey. I will mention all my recommendations and even the agency that i dealt with, they made my life so much easier.


  8. Sara Bazzouni
    October 17, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Thank You Salma! I am really glad you were able to understand the story behind the images. As artists we really admire beauty and appreciate history.


  9. Bozena K.
    October 17, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Great article and beautiful photography, I also love how you customised the dress a little with the flower lace looks gorgeous!

  10. Sara Bazzouni
    October 17, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I am glad you loved it.
    YES i did! As we pay attention to the smallest details i brought lace with flower embroidered and stitched to the dress.
    Thanks for noticing .


  11. tzesika
    October 18, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Looking absolutely gorgeous. Love your style , your smile and you soul.
    Keep it up! and can not wait for more posts.

  12. Stella
    October 20, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Fantastic post and dress dear! The layers are just wonderful and love how you styled it with patchwork denim espadrilles 🙂
    Happy Friday!

  13. Sara Bazzouni
    October 21, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Thank you Stella, it’s such a happy dress can’t stop twirling around.❤❤❤
    Have a beautiful Weekend ❀


  14. Sara Bazzouni
    October 21, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Thank you to the most talented photographer ❀


  15. Samar
    October 21, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Thank you for discovering such an amazing paradise…Although I have been to Beirut several times, but haven’t been to this rich place. I will make sure to include this place for my next visit. Thanks for the virtual trip visit though 🙂

  16. Sara Bazzouni
    October 21, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Thank you Samar ♡ I am really happy to hear that.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend❀


  17. Shamaa AlShowab
    October 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    It amazes me how beautiful architecture has been built in the 19th century and before that as well with a few resources.. To me, I beleive that architecture is part of what makes history and it is really sad to see such amazing history to be neglected.. As an interior designer, every part and every detail is so important and tells a story..
    I’m sure that while you were walking through the place, you have imagined how people lived there and made it a home..
    I really enjoy reading your articles as they have a meaning and they are always inspiring..
    With your beautiful smile and georgeous outfits, you are an inspiration in so many ways

  18. Dee
    November 1, 2017 at 7:20 am

    You are so beautiful and you have the cutest smile Sara 🙂 Love the dress and your shoes

  19. Sara Bazzouni
    November 1, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Thank you Gorgeous💓
    Couldn’t stop twirling with this dress and I really like Soludos,
    their espadrille flats are so comfortable for everyday use. 😍

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