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An hour south-east of Beirut is the magnificent palace of Beiteddine, now the summer residence of the Lebanese president, Emile Lahoud. Built by an Italian architect in the late 18th century, this palace mixes both Arab and Italian baroque styles. During the Israeli occupation of Beirut and its environs, the palace reportedly lost most of its belongings, but the exterior and the mosaic work inside is still intact (Jousiffe, 197-98). During the summer it hosts a music and arts festival which draws international attractions such as Placido Domingo and Tito Puente.