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Le Palais Chehab: Droit de Réponse de l’APPL au “Communiqué de Libnanews”

Suite à la parution de son premier livre :: Le Palais Chehab :: et à toutes les rumeurs qui ont circulé à ce sujet, l’APPL tient à rappeler qu’elle est une association à but non lucratif dont l’objectif est de protéger le patrimoine à travers des actions judiciaires, et de sensibiliser Libanais et non-Libanais au sujet du patrimoine historique et culturel du Liban. Cette sensibilisation se fait par le biais d’articles et de projets culturels (dont le livre :: Le Palais Chehab::) visant à protéger et renforcer la mémoire culturelle et l’identité du peuple Libanais.
:: Le Palais Chehab:: Mediabook, qui a vu le jour grâce au soutien  de son Excellence Madame  l’Ambassadrice d’Espagne et de la Famille Chéhab, est un travail collectif initié par l’APPL. Une équipe a été formée de membres de l’APPL, qui sont tous des bénévoles contrairement à ce qui a été dit sur la page facebook de, et s’est investie dans la préparation de ce livre, avec des délais à respecter et des meetings périodiques d’évaluation du progrès du travail.
Le Livre ::Le Palais Chehab::, contenu et format, est la propriété intellectuelle et légale de l’APPL, ainsi que tout autre travail fait dans le cadre de l’association (Youtube channel, pages facebook, Blog, Site et Gazette imprimée et en ligne) et toute atteinte au travail collectif de l’APPL de la part de quiconque sur ces propriétés, sera suivie par des poursuites judiciaires.
Sur ce, l’APPL tient à rappeler que cet ouvrage, fruit du travail collectif de ses membres, lui appartient, ainsi que tous les droits qui y sont relatifs et elle se réserve le droit de poursuivre en justice toute personne qui se permettrait de porter atteinte à l’APPL.
Le comité administratif de l’APPL, 8 octobre, 2015.
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The APLH launches its first book :: Le Palais Chehab ::

Thanks to the joint work with the Chehab family, and the huge support of HE the Spanish embassador Mrs Milagros H Echevarria, The APLH produced its first MediaBook of the series Chroniques Du Liban, about the Palais Chehab, now home of the Spanish Embassy in Lebanon. The book, entitled :: Le Palais Chehab ::, was launched on October 2, 2015, during a private soirée attended by high profile personalities including Ex interior minister Mr Ziad BAroud, the Chief of the municipality of Hadat Mr George Aoun (whose municipality generously supported the APLH in the production efforts of the book), Madame Anne-Marie Ofeiche (representing the ministry of Culture), representatives of the Chehab family, the Cochrane family, Mr Pierre Issa (arcenciel) and a select number of invitees. The event was covered by LBCI for their culture news section.

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The APLH intended to release their first book as a MediaBook box-set format due to its unconventional nature and the scope of reach of this format: The Box set includes the book, as well as a DVD about the Palais Chehab’s history, the APLH history and a short documentary about the endangered heritage of Beirut. Also, as an homage to the Chehabs for taking the painstaking but rewarding task of documenting their history, A captain’s log is also included in the box set package, made of high quality acid-free 135gr sketchbook grade paper. As such, the Mediabook combines traditional media (book and sketchbook) with modern technology (DVD, QR code and online links) and adheres to the APLH philosophy of linking our past with our present to realize our future.


The log and the book both contain all links and contacts to the APLH and most notably, the APLH crowdmap. The box set is available in a 500 copies limited edition print.

We thank the following good people for helping us make this project:

HE The Spanish embassador and her staff, The Philippe Jabre Foundation, Mme Youmna Chehab, The Hadat Municipality, Volver Travel, Mr Chucri Sayegh, Moussallem group, L’Orient-Le-Jour.

Stay tuned for more news and projects from Chroniques Du Liban and  APLH.


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the Association for the Protection of the Lebanese Heritage[APLH], in collaboration with Volver travel agency,organized a cultural tour on the 16th of june 2015, in theSursock and Abrine neighborhoods.


The participants, many of them high school youngsters, had the privilege of discovering the Villa Audi and its mosaics.
Next, at the Rue Sursock, the group intently listened to the architect/restorer and guide of the APLH, who outlined the urban context of the neighborhood. They found out how the zone was gentrified and how the charles Malek avenue divided in the 70s, an initially unified urban fabric.
The group then took the St Nicholas Gardens perpendicular, to see a series of traditional buildings dating back to the20’s and 40’s, with their vernacular design explained in detail by the APLH guide.
Finally, the crucial part of the visit,was in the Abrine neighborhood, where the Abrine school is still located. The group discovered a cluster of 4 traditional buildings, promised to imminent demolition.
Another real estate project is seeking the demolition of this cluster of building sas well as a part of the Abrine school in an attempt to join a 5th parcel to the upcoming project’s 4 existing parcels. Another peaceful neighborhood is about tobe devoured by the development leviathanthat is still not done mauling Ashrafieh and Beirut’s charming traditional areas.
This building cluster, with its gardens,constitutes the last haven of peace and tranquility in Ashrafieh, and is now an exceptional rarity thanks to the still perfect condition of its buildings.
The visiting group in its various ages,was awed at the beautiful structure of the buildings, their architectural details and their many aesthetic yet vernacular features,most of them still intact… Their awe was only matched by their outrage at the neglect displayed by the authorities supposed to protect such gems of Lebanese history and culture. The APLH’s multiple calls (for more than a year) to the ministry of Culture to classify and protect this cluster, still go unheard.

The visit was filmed and a copy of the footage will be sent soon to the minister of Culture, in the hope for a positive turn of events, similar to that of the contemporary and modern Lebanese Art dossier.
The APLH has a plan regarding the recuperation and rehabilitation of the 4 buildings in question, and hopes for the Ministry’s active cooperation.

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Dear Lebanese Expat: Beirut Needs You

The APLH, in collaboration with other civil society and youth organizations managed to get Beirut inducted into the ‘New 7 Wonders’ List, as well as flagging the entire city to the World Monuments Watch organization, as an Endangered

Archeological Site. Let us clarify one thing here: Beirut is no ‘new’ wonder. It’s a wondrous city with more than 5000 years of history. And it’s in danger. no more than

7 archeological sites in Beirut, survive out of 300. Hardly 200 traditional Lebanese houses survive out of more than 1600, in the APSAD’s post-war census. Clearly, Beirut is disfigured, in chaos and is far from being a ‘world wonder’. THAT is why

the APLH worked on inducting Beirut into the N7W and wrote to the World Monument Watch organization. Beirut (and Lebanon)’s heritage ‘protectors’ in the Lebanese Government, are powerless, complacent or complicit in Lebanon’s ongoing bulldozing

of its heritage and archeology. The Lebanese diaspora CAN do something about it. And here’s how: The APLH has set a crowdfunding and donation platform on its site, precisely for any Lebanese community, expats or locals, to fund, acquire and restore any endangered vestige of Lebanese Heritage, be it man-made or natural, to buy it through

this community’s donations and restore it into a protected Lebanese heritage that is publicly owned.

1-the community in question can be a village, town, or city, represented by a council of representatives, usually appointed by the municipality of said community

2-the council of representatives contacts the APLH and meets with the organization to present and talk about their restoration/rehabilitation/heritage protection project,

its costs, and its use to the community who wants to protect it.

3-the APLH announces the project online on its site, page and blog so that anyone from that community (or interested outsider) is aware of it, and is able to pitch their contribution to finance the project via the APLH crowdfunding platform.

4-the APLH will keep updating its donors about the crowdfunding progress, and the total amount needed to complete the project

5-every donor, will receive an official receipt from APLH, by email, or fax, or traditional mail if they so request.

6-The APLH will update its site, blog and page concerning the steps being covered

in the project.

7-the APLH will include any of such projects into its annual report, as a reference to donors, members and the Lebanese state.

8-the APLH crowdmap is yet another tool we put in the hand of the responsible citizen, to alert, archive and pinpoint all heritage, all over Lebanon.

The mechanisms are in place, and the APLH is now empowering the Lebanese public (Diaspora and local) to be able to protect Lebanese heritage in their vicinity, by teaming up as responsible communities from every corner of Lebanon. This is how we aim to rebuild a beautiful Lebanon for us and our children.


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APLH @ Souk Al Tayeb Beirut November 29

the APLH announces its participation at the Souk al Tayeb Beirut Souks,

starting November 29 2014, each saturday.

Join us and discover what the APLH has in its kiosk!

Thank you for helping Lebanese ideas and Lebanese trade.


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Barouk River Trail Hike & Lunch with APLH – Moukhtara, Chouf

The APLH is pleased to take you on an exciting tour along the Barouk River.

An enjoyable, moderate 5KM hiking trail starting from al Moukhtara, passing through the villages of Ain Qani, Baadaran, Haret Jandal and Ammatour.

Our guide will take us to old mills, across old bridges, and see traditional Lebanese houses as well as Roman vestiges and archaeology.

Lunch will be at the Club House Restaurant, Moukhtara, on our way back from the trail. Bring with you a small satchel of snacks, water, sunscreen, wet wipes, etc, for your use along the way.

Price including transport, guiding, and open Lebanese lunch: 37$/person (56000 LBP)

Transport: by Bus (new model with A/C), from Martyrs Square. gathering at 8:00AM, and we leave at 8:30 sharp.

Confirmation By Phone ONLY: 03 667648 – 03 797785 – 70216992

1-the first 20 confirmations get 1 free APLH pin
2-the next 20 confirmations get 1 free APLH t-shirt
3-later confirmations get a APLH A5 notepad
Please confirm B.e.f.o.r.e the 11th of june to book your place with us! SEE YOU SOON

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Petition against the Fouad Boutros Highway project

You can  sign it here:


and you can read about the alternative project proposed by the APLH and the lebanese civil coalition here


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Petition to remove and sanction the Lebanese minister of Culture

Read about it, sign and share it. It will probably not matter, in a country like Lebanon. It will probably result in nothing, but again, it will probably start something because people are sick and tired of the status quo.

To those who say ‘ why is the APLH attacking this guy while the country is burning?’ we say we are a heritage association and our interest is heritage. Thus we focus on this one topic that interests us directly. Let other people focus on economics, on industry or water on any other lacking sector they would want to improve, and we will support them.

This is how we make a change: By having every group focus on the field that interests it and by offering solutions and alternatives for that specific field.


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The APLH crowdmap is the first of its kind to cover the whole Lebanese territory.

It allows any Lebanese citizen or person who is informed/concerned in Lebanese heritage, to pinpoint heritage edifices or archaeology in their vicinity.

Users can also highlight whether this heritage is endangered, as a means to inform

the APLH about any imminent danger threatening said heritage.

The users can also set a category to the heritage they want to plot on the crowdmap,

creating a concise and detailed documentation of Lebanese heritage covering the Lebanese territory.


Anyone can make an entry but the APLH will have to moderate it in order to validate it.

This makes the map’s mechanism akin to Wikipedia, where anyone with information can

contribute to the crowdmap, and any erroneous/superfluous info will be weeded out later, in the moderation process.

Enjoy using the APLH crowdmap and being an active contributor to the documentation of Lebanese heritage.

The APLH wishes you a happy and optimistic new year.

See you in 2014 with more heritage news and true activism.


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