In the latest information related to the Sursock Museum, this video documented the damage that resulted from the explosion of the port. This museum was the house of Nicolas Sursock, which he built in 1912, and when he died, he requested in his will that it be converted into a museum to support the Lebanese artists and display their works.
The three-story palace, with a spacious garden, has been the venue for countless weddings and receptions over the years, and has been admired by tourists who visited it from all over the world.
Among these rooms there is a gallery that contained paintings by the artist George Daoud Al-Qurum. Some of his works have been damaged.
All work on the affected floors has been moved to the basement.
The 160-year-old palace withstood two world wars, but it was destroyed in a flash due to this explosion, which led to material and moral losses as well. All the ceilings of the upper floor are gone.
This museum is home for beautiful artworks and furniture from the Ottoman era, and includes marble and paintings from Italy, collected by three generations belonging to the ancient Sursock family.
So the question remains, who is responsible? And who can compensate for these losses, especially because we lost an irreplaceable part of our heritage?