Beirut trade center aka Murr tower for locals, this huge serene monolith concrete monument and the witness to Beirut’s ugliest battles.
This 36 story unfinished tower was intended to become the Beirut Trade Center. Construction started in 1974, one year before the start of the war. The tower is a hard, concrete rectangular tube, and withstood the fighting that took place during the Battle of the Hotels and the rest of the war. Its height and location on the top of the hill was ideal for a panoramic vision of the city. The tower still stands unfinished, hollow, full of scars and serving as an army base.
I was always fascinated by this project and I decided that I need to go in and check it. Knowing that I need to climb 36 floors but it was totally worth it.
I applied for a special photography permit from the Lebanese…
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