In case you didn’t know, current Ministry of Culture has allowed for construction to take place at the location of the Roman Hippodrome in Beirut. For full details, check out this link.
Before Beirut’s hippodrome made news, however, another heritage site of ours was in danger. A Phoenician Port, over 2500 years old, in the Minet el Hosn region in Downtown Beirut, just behind Monroe Hotel. Venus Real Estate intends to build three towers instead of the port. The location, protected by former Minister of Culture Salim Warde, was compromised when Venus Real Estate used the transitory period between governments and convinced current Minister of Culture Gaby Layoun that the port was dispensable.
Details aside, Association for the Protection of Lebanese Heritage (APHL) is marching for these monuments this Saturday, March 24th. Check out this Facebook event for the details.
I’m glad to see Lebanese people becoming proactive when it comes to things like these. Will you be marching with them?