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Abandoned Beirut Mansion - The former prime minister's bookshelf.

So upon venturing inside we found two things: piles and piles of of binders, and dozens of black and white photos, all showing one man at various political events.


It turns out the mansion used to be the home of Takieddin el-Solh (born 1908, Sidon, Lebanon; died November 27, 1988, Paris) Lebanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Lebanon from 1973-74, and again briefly in 1980. The binders were full of voter lists and various political documents. I'm assuming he abandoned the place during the civil war and moved to a more secure location. The house is in the Sunni section, but was within easy artillery distance of the Green Line.


Upstairs, all we found were his books and his desk. His bookshelf was full of political treatises, with particular emphasis, as would stand to reason, on Lebanon and the Middle East.


This is the prime minister's book collection. This is why I explore.

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Taken on January 6, 2009