ⓘ Ziade Palace


ⓘ Ziade Palace

The mansion was commissioned in 1860 by an unknown individual and built by an Italian architect known solely as Altina. It was purchased ten years later by Youssef Nasr, a wealthy Lebanese expatriate in England.

In 1930, the mansion was purchased by brothers Ziad, doctor Joseph and Louis experienced counsel and the Chairman of the bar Association of Aleppo. In Ziades were connected-then the Maronite Archbishop of Beirut Ignatius Ziade and famous feminist poet, novelist and essayist may Ziade

In addition to its distinctive architecture, the mansion became famous after the incident involving Joseph and may Ziade. May have suffered severe depression and neurasthenia for years after the loss of both parents and above all Khalil Gibran. She, too, was falling in love with the writer, Abbas al-Akkad in 1936, which worsened her condition. In 1938 Joseph Ziade visited in may to Egypt and convinced the disconsolate poet to return to Beirut and living in a family mansion near friends and family.

May returned to Beirut in 1939, days after her arrival to the Palace Ziade, may have been committed on Asfourieh asylum in Hazmiyeh against her own will. Joseph tried to get control of her property because she thought that can not manage their own properties. Maybe eventually regained sanity and returned to Cairo where she died on 17 Oct 1941.

The house was occupied Ziades before the civil war in Lebanon in 1975. The mansion was looted and occupied by militias during the conflict, and he was left with a bullet-peppered facade and poor condition. The structure was classified as a historical monument by the Lebanese General Directorate of antiquities and is awaiting funds to assign or restoration. Today Ziade Palace belongs to the many partners, as Wazzan family, home, etc.Issa family own a share in the Ziade Palace of Raja Issa, a businessman gave credit to Joseph Ziade and, unfortunately, he was unable to return the money and Raja took a share of the Ziade Palace.When Raja Issa died share went to his brothers and sisters and Bahjat Issa Fuad Issa, Fuad and when Issa left he gave this share to his only brother, because he does not have children. When Bahjat Issa died share went to his childrens lives at the time: rear Issa Zananiri, Layla and Fadia.