Martyrs’ Square, Beirut: Lebanon’s Neverland

Journal title STORIA URBANA
Author/s Francesco Mazzucotelli
Publishing Year 2013 Issue 2013/139
Language Italian Pages 39 P. 95-133 File size 2777 KB
DOI 10.3280/SU2013-139004
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The essay offers a concise history of Martyrs’ Square in Beirut, taken as a spectacle of the political and cultural transformations of the city during the last two centuries. Through a description of the changes in the aesthetics and practices of consumption of the Square, the essay shows how its different outlooks, when read against the grain, reveal which were the most critical intellectual and political discourses in different historical periods. In particular, the essay assesses how Martyrs’ Square is the place where ruling or competing elites have been staging over the last two centuries their different notions of modernity and Lebanese national identity.

Keywords: Lebanese Civil War Sectarianism Urban Reconstruction Tanzimat

Francesco Mazzucotelli, La piazza dei Martiri di Beirut: l’isola che non c’è in "STORIA URBANA " 139/2013, pp 95-133, DOI: 10.3280/SU2013-139004