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Garden of Forgiveness Archaeological Area

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Address: Place des Martyrs to rue Bachir | Downtown Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Discovered after the civil war of 75-90 during the demolition of damaged...

Discovered after the civil war of 75-90 during the demolition of damaged buildings, this large Z-shaped archaeological area in the heart of Downtown Beirut is still under excavation. The ruins of foundation walls, arches and floors uncovered are thought to date from the Roman and Byzantine periods and to belong to structures surrounding the Agora or marketplace. The area extends from the Corinthian columns of the Cardo Maximus, around St George Maronite Cathedral and all the way to Place des Martyrs.

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Best seen when you know the history

Easy to access as part of a general visit to this area but you can only stand and stare so it is better to read up on them first.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 June 2016
Sheri L
Carcassonne, France
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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Garden of Forgiveness lies close to Martyrs’ Square.. It is surrounded by places of worship belonging to different denominations, and reveals many layers of Beirut’s past. The area was classified as non aedificandi, not to be built, in the Master Plan of the Beirut City Center. The Garden of Forgiveness is envisioned as a place of calm and reflection,... More 

Thank Manoul
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

This ancient Roman archeological site is yet another reminder of the age of this city and the long history of the country. Great example of Roman city building and it is great to see it being excavated for all to enjoy.

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Carcassonne, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Easy to access as part of a general visit to this area but you can only stand and stare so it is better to read up on them first.

Thank Sheri L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

Surrounded by church and mosque, This archeological site was given the name of garden of forgiveness and was subject for an international landscape competition. It's supposed to give a strong message to all Lebanese who suffered from war

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2015

The Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut was built to start building a bridge between the different religious communities in Lebanon. Surrounded by mosques and churches, it is one of the most significant areas to visit in Beirut. The garden was the inspiration for the "Garden of Forgiveness" at ground zero (New York)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2015

The garden of Forgiveness is an Archaeological site that is planned to be a garden dedicated to forgiveness from the different sides in the civil war. Stretching from the Mohammad Al-Amin mosque to the S:t George Cathedral it binds the two religions together. Beautiful in many senses.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2014

this archeological site needs way more attention! u cannot walk through it but it has some 1000s years old ruins from roman and greek eras!!! worth goings

3 Thank Tarekeh96
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

The place is lovely and somehow peaceful, but you can't walk around, which I kinda understand, not lit during the night and is simply left as an open free area with no attention paid to it It simply has more potential than what's used!!!

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2012

It was a dream...nestled between all religious symbols of Lebanese fractions, in the center that witnessed atrocities during war. It became a reality thanks to one woman, Alexandra Asseily and the unconditional support of her husband, besides a great deal of friends and believers! It is a tiny space, calm, with one Olive tree that we planted after our conference... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2012

taking care of archaeological heritage is clearly not a top priority in Beirut - there were plans to turn it into an archeological park, but vegetation has taken over. yes ... it is a ruin

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