Crusader castle. A 12th c. "embassy" of France in what is now Syria.
Site of the U.S. fortress embassy under construction in Baghdad. Walls to be 15 feet thick, blogs rumor. (Photo: Times of UK).
Tailored to the environment of the Levant and the lifestyle of the Western visitor, a consistent architectural theme characterizes the structures in which ambassadors have chosen to house themselves in the Middle East across the centuries. (PLS has more thoughts).