18 November 2011

Beirut: signs of the war

Beirut has been physically defined by war. Signs of the war are visible everywhere, from shelled buildings that still stand to the bullet pockmarked edifices of houses. But side-by-side with these accidental memorials of the country’s past decline and violence are testaments to its rising from the ashes. Brand new buildings, towers of glass and entire areas that were once piles of rubble are now sleekly redesigned in an expression of what the new Lebanon is: resilient, forward-looking and stylish.


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