With openings on top and on the sides.
In addition to building over the entire site, a restoration project may also fail to preserve many of these elements. I’ll have more on this soon and the continuing legal battle that the APLH vows to press on with. They say the Council of State has been reviewing the case for several weeks, but has yet to issue a decision.
The hope is that the site could be preserved by government decree, as was recently the case with the Roman gate and ancient church discovered in Riad al Solh, where a series of pictures posted by this blog contributed to pressure on authorities to stop development of a multi-million dollar tower.
Raja Noujaim, a member of the APLH who has been leading the legal battle, has just informed me that the case has been lying before the Council of State for three months with no verdict yet.
It really is a shame that such development can still go on when ancient history is discovered. The future can be adjusted but the past cannot be changed and should always be preserved. Beirut is an archeological treasure filled with yet to be discovered historical sites like these. In modern countries with functioning governments when a developer comes across a historical piece (let alone an entire landmark), they immediately halt all development and allow archeological teams to excavate. The developer often times assist in funding the excavations while the government steps in financially and legally to protect the site.
We need ruins, parks. We have enough buildings and cars, thank you. We only live once and want to have a nice life. What is this shit life of breathing fumes and living indoors all the time. Fuck this.