One of the most significant architectural buildings in Lebanon, the Sursock Palace, was seriously destroyed in an explosion in Beirut, the Associated Press reported.
The historic building was built 160 years ago and has survived the fall of the Ottoman Empire and two world wars.
After the civil war in 1975-1990, it took the Sursock family 20 years to carefully restore the building to restore it to its former luster.
The agency has posted photos showing the collapsed ceiling, broken marble, and destroyed walls of the palace.
The Associated Press reports that the destruction of the historic building from the explosion is 10 times higher than the damage to the palace during the civil war.