Property developers eye damaged homes in Beirut’s historic district

Beirut blast destroys Sursock Palace. The palace which was completed in 1860 , is a symbol of the Sursock family’s rich history. It is located on the historic Sursock Street in the Achrafieh district of Beirut which was devastated by the blast . The Sursock House is surrounded by gardens that have been used for special events, such as weddings .Getty

Just weeks after the devastating Beirut port explosion, property developers have begun eyeing destroyed mansions and buildings in the Lebanese capital as residents, already crippled by the financial crisis, find it too expensive to rebuild old homes. But one family in the hard-hit Gemmayze district refuses to give up a beloved ancestral home.