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The Pine Residence

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Sodeco, Beirut district

Located in Beirut, near the Hippodrome in the Mathaf area, this site was built with an Oriental architectural touch, and the palace was first used as a military hospital before becoming a casino where nobles and the wealthy used to socialize. In 1922, during the French Mandate, the palace and neighboring gardens became the property of the French Consul, who chose it as his residence. It has been variously occupied by militaries since then, but is now once again the residence of the French Ambassador to Lebanon. The palace holds a particular historical importance due to General Henri Gouraud having declared the creation of the state of Greater Lebanon from the porch in 1920.