Jan 14 2009

St. Vincent de Paul church

Published by at 11:42 pm under Civil war

Most of the churches, mosques and other buildings damaged during Lebanon’s 15 year civil war have been repaired and given a new lease on life. But while it’s great that the Lebanese are moving forward (most of the time) from that terrible period, perhaps some of the evidence of the awful destruction, religious intolerance and tragic waste should be preserved as a reminder of how bad things got.

For now, there’s still ample evidence of Lebanon’s history of conflict, such as the St. Vincent de Paul church in downtown Beirut, pictured here. I don’t know the history of this church, except that it’s perhaps the closest to the old Green Line and is one of the few unrestored places of worship in downtown (the other is the Maghen-Abraham synagogue, which is a similar shell of a building).

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    Doesn’t take long for entropy to accelerate as I know only too well when I go down to weed the garden though I have to admit Vincentia is not consecrated land. Wonder what will become of these old buildings and whether in fact it is worthwhile restoring them.

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