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The 200 year old Palace is an essential stop for tourists and locals alike
Beit ed-Dine, the House of Religion, was completed in 1818 after 30 years of construction involving craftsmen from Damascus and Aleppo, as well as Italian Architects. The style reflects the nationalities of those involved and can be identified as a cross between traditional Arab and Italian baroque. The Palace was built by Emir Bashir Shihab II and it is rumoured that he had the architects hands cut off after the palace was built to keep his palace one of a kind.
Beit ed-Dine is located in the Shouf mountains about 50 km southeast of Beirut and hosts the annual Beit ed-Dine Festival.