In early 80's, eager to save the cultural and architectural Zouk Mikael heritage, the Municipal Council prevented the destruction of the poet Elias Abou Chabkeh's house, bought it, and then converted it into a private museum of contemporary art, a gathering-place for poets and men of letters.

Elias Abou Chabke museum Entrance View The statue of Elias Abou Chabke
facing the museum

The museum was designed to be able to accommodate exhibitions of paintings, photographs and artistic events. The Abou Chabakeh museum was officially inaugurated in January 27, 1997 on the fiftieth anniversary of the poet's death. The roundabout facing the house shelters among its trees a statue of the poet offered by the municipality.