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The palace was established in 1948 to host the 3rd international congress of the UNESCO.
The convention which was described at the time as the first appearance for the young republic of Lebanon newly established in 1943 on the international arena.Since then, the palace became a central place to host activities of relation to the issues of the world.
In 1982, when Israel invaded Lebanon, this cultural center was the target of shellings resulted in the destruction of its theater and equipment. It was renovated and reopened in March 1998 on the 50th. Anniversary of the first UNESCO congress held in the East.
The palace's halls and theater host conferences, meetings, lectures, exhibitions and celebrations in all different educational, scientific, cultural and art fields both local and internationl.
VENUES USED IN THE PALACE:
A big theater accomodates 1200 seats (884 se ats on the ground floor and 260 seats on upper floor)
Two eastern and western halls (13.5m-25m) of 500 seats.
A hall of 100 seats and an adjacent office.
The first floor:
Upper floor seats of the theater in addition to the offices (8 to 10).
A Cafeteria that can accommodate 300 people (seated).
The second floor:
Two meeting rooms of 300 seats.
A parking area for 200 cars
Sound and Lighting systems