During the explosions that occurred on August 4 at the port of Beirut, Lebanese cultural heritage was severely affected.

More than 650 listed buildings and several museums were damaged, such as the Sursock Palace, a 19th century architectural gem, nestled in the heart of the capital.

Since these violent explosions, the devastated heritage has aroused the interest of the international community.

During a visit to Beirut, the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (Aliph) noted the extent of the damage.

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The organization, funded by several states, including France, intends to allocate five million dollars to the Lebanese capital.

It involves its partners, such as the International Council on Monuments and Sites or the International Council of Museums.

For Valéry Freland, executive director of the Aliph foundation, "we must preserve this heritage at all costs".

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