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  • Photo essay at the Dahesh Palace

    Worth a look.

    http://www.noorderlicht.com/eng/fest...mak/index.html
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  • #2
    Beautiful.

    But How does the "Dahesh Palace" fit into all this again... ?
    "Fail, to succeed."

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mario View Post
      Beautiful.

      But How does the "Dahesh Palace" fit into all this again... ?
      I'm assuming the photos were taken at Dr. Dahesh's old residence...just a curiosity. Thought some folks might like to see what is going on there these days.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by zionic View Post
        I'm assuming the photos were taken at Dr. Dahesh's old residence...just a curiosity. Thought some folks might like to see what is going on there these days.
        Why are you assuming the photos were taken at Dr. Dahesh's old residence?

        Dare I assume you are drawing an inference from the photos I posted in the Members Only Section? If so, remember: there are many, many palaces in Beirut that look alike, just like there are plenty of Brownstone buildings is Brooklyn...
        "Fail, to succeed."

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mario View Post
          Why are you assuming the photos were taken at Dr. Dahesh's old residence?

          Dare I assume you are drawing an inference from the photos I posted in the Members Only Section? If so, remember: there are many, many palaces in Beirut that look alike, just like there are plenty of Brownstone buildings is Brooklyn...
          I didn't have the photos in mind...although now that you mention it I do remember seeing those. The inference I'm drawing, if you may call it that, is just what the photo essayist attached to it...photos taken at a place in Beirut called the "Dahesh Palace". Can I infer from your response that the photos I've referenced were taken some other place other than Dr. Dahesh's residence?
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          • #6
            OK, I see the problem. When reading the copy, I didn't see "Dahesh Palace" and that's why I asked you (it was a sincere question prompted by a lack of visual acuity).

            However, your response used the verb "assume."

            Therefore, by wishing to (now, I am assuming) to avoid me any embarrassment (for which I thank you) you ended up adding another level of complexity...

            There is nothing to assume. It was there all along... Next time just say "uh... like... it's there..."

            OK, now, let us assume this is correct. I look at the photo and it seems that the unit this was shot in is on the ground level. The Dahesh Palace has 2 levels. And the ceilings are VERY high... You can easily fit 4 stories in that 2 story building.

            So this is what I think happened: refugees moved in to the ground floor of the 2 story building (in this case known as the Dahesh Palace) in which the Dahesh Residence is situated—which is a separate unit altogether, taking up the whole 2nd level.

            Still, I cannot—based on the images—ascertain that in fact this is the building. So, we'll have to take the photographer at her word.
            "Fail, to succeed."

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            • #7
              I know from the outside the charming reddish Kantari villa. Is this what you refer to as the Dahesh Palace ?

              Who owns this place ? I hope it won't be demolished like so many beautiful old houses in Beirut.

              And another question : was the Kantari villa the home of Dr Dahesh AND the Home of the Daheshist mission or are there two diferent Houses ?

              Thank you

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              • #8
                I personally don't remember anymore. But I do remember that this is a residence that is not owned by Doctor Dahesh. In fact, his own place of residence (mentioned in Innocent in Chains, The Notes) was in a different area.

                This is, however, the place where the infamous "Battle of the Stairs" happened and where Doctor Dahesh hid for 15 years (never leaving the house once) until his citizenship was restored by Pres. Camille Chamoun (there is a story also there... for another time).

                Then, this became the official house of the Daheshist Message and the permanent residence of Doctor Dahesh. In 1976, 2 guided missiles were purposely aimed at it in order to blow it up. On April 30, 1979 with a 50 Kilogram bomb was exploded... but luckily, he wasn't in bed. And according to the same story, a similar attempt took place towards the end of 1958: a car filled with explosives was blown up, and the Doctor escaped.

                That aside, and given the strategic location of the "Palace" it received its fair share of hits during the brutal wars that took place around it...
                Last edited by Daheshville; 07-09-2008, 10:34 PM.
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