Greater Beirut

The former hotel district

Aerial view with Holiday Inn at the centre


Sketch map of the fieldwork site. Although intense post-war reconstruction work took place in the adjacent city centre, the former hotels area has seen relatively little change in street morphology and names since the pre-war era. Sara Fregonese, June 2011.


The greater challenge, however, was determining what transformations took place in the area before the war, when the hotel construction boom started. This required the help of survey maps of the time, which highlighted the presence of places that today are not there anymore and have also faded from collective memory, such as the Vatican Nunciature building and the Armenian, Maronite, and Latin cemeteries. Photo: Federico Calabrese, September 2012.

Except for the Google maps images, all images © 2010-2011 Sara Fregonese