Saida’s magnificent Debbane Palace is one of the few remaining examples of Ottoman architecture in the city. Raphael Debbane transformed it from a family home into a museum and opened it to the public. Debbane Palace is an 18th-century building in Saida, built by Ali Hammoud in 1721. The atmospheric space features typical diwans (Oriental style living rooms), a liwan (a long narrow-fronted hall), several rooms and an open-air courtyard, with the characteristic features of the Ottoman period – brown and white stripes of stone and intricate mosaic tiles making up the interior. Despite its location on the bustling streets of Saida, the house is a peaceful escape. The Debbane Palace receives close to 2,000 visitors a month, with tourists from around the world visiting to see this monument to the past.