Neighbors say it was a residential building. Here’s what’s left of the back side, which once faced the Mediterranean.
Not even the trees were spared:
Who knows how old these stone walls are?
Some have speculated that the building has been bought by the hospital across the street:
I hope they are better at preserving people than they are at preserving heritage.
It would be a shame if the old windows were not salvaged:
Amazingly, the old glass survived decades of civil war, only to be destroyed during times of peace:
A taxi driver waiting at the hospital remembers walking by the building with his mother when he was a kid in the 1950s. “It looked old then,” he said. “It was beautiful.”
He also pointed out that there was no cement used to keep the old blocks together. “Back then, they used mud and clay,” he said.