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Martyrs' Square

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Downtown, Beirut district

Martyrs’ Square is located is downtown Beirut and is often referred to as the very heart of Beirut. Originally called Burj Square and later named Place des Canons by the French Mandate, Martyrs’ Square takes its current name from the hanging of Lebanese nationalists and intellectuals by the Ottomans in 1916. The original monument, which was in the area, honoring the 1916 martyrs was done by Youssef Al-Howayek. It depicts two women, a Christian and a Muslim and is currently on display at the Sursock Museum in Beirut. In 1960, it was replaced with a Marino Mazzacurati sculpture of martyrs holding a torch and leading the way for future generations. The damage it suffered during the war years is still plainly visible.