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A bridge destroyed during the 2006 war with Israel, part of the main Damascus-Beirut highway
A new shopping centre under construction in central Beirut
Razor wire in the foreground, Place de l’Etoile’s clocktower in the centre and Al-Omari Mosque in the background.
A skyscraper left abandoned after either the 1980s civil war the or 2006’s war with Israel.
CORRECTION; from comments: “
The abandoned skyscraper is the Burj El Murr (Murr Tower), which was only partially built when the civil war broke out in 1975. Its frame was finished during a lull the following year, making it a prime militia location for the “hotel wars” of 1977-78. Your photo is of the old Holiday Inn, which was open and functioning for a few swinging years before the war started.
(If you look at the top floor, you will see the tell-tale bulge of one of the old-style Holiday Inn revolving restaurants!)
The Holiday Inn was _also_ used during the hotel wars (hence the name …).”
Thanks again adiamondinsunlight!
A bullet-holed street sign
Hezbollah’s tent city in central Beirut
Around Beirut I saw several pictures of Rafik Hariri, the businessman/politician assassinated in 2005
The entrance to the American University of Beirut. The ladies in this vicinity were particularly beautiful.