Many Historic Buildings and Cultural Sites Destroyed in Beirut Explosion: Did the Blast Fatally Tear Lebanon’s Cultural Fabric?

By 
Naomi Pham
Aerial view of the Sursock Museum following the Beirut explosion, photograph courtesy of The Guardian.

“The Port explosion threatened historic architecture and cultural pillars of the city, exposing 60 historical buildings to risk of collapse, among them a number of museums and art galleries. The Sursock Museum, which reopened in 2015 after a 7-year renovation, now faces an uncertain future with severe damage to its ceilings, walls, and all the glass in the building.”
 
From Naomi Pham’s “Many Historic Buildings and Cultural Sites Destroyed in Beirut Explosion: Did the Blast Fatally Tear Lebanon’s Cultural Fabric?” scheduled to appear in the forthcoming issue of Al Jadid, Vol. 24, No. 79, 2020.
 
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