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Description: Nowhere is Beirut’,,s resilience more apparent than in its reconstructed city center. In 1990, Downtown was in shambles, a deserted no man’,,s land, a ghost town.
Just over a decade later, Downtown has emerged as Beirut’,,s most fashionable and desirable neighborhood, with glori-ously restored French Mandate-era buildings, European and Lebanese café,,s, world-class restaurants, luxurious boutiques, and stylish pubs. Maarad Street, with its arabesque arches and sidewalk café,,s, is unques-tionably the beating heart of Downtown. Its main artery leads to Nijmeh Square (Place de l’,,Etoile), with the 1930s Art-De-ower at its center.
The Lebanese Parliament, also completed in the ‘,,30s, is another stunning example of Lebanese Art-Deco architecture. West of Nijmeh Square stands the Grand Serail, the seat of the nation’,,s Prime Minister, with its neo-Ottoman clock tower, which was designed by famed architect Youssef Aftimos in 1897. Other notable sights Downtown include the St. Louis of the Capuchins Church, the neo-Ottoman Beirut Municipality, which was also designed by Aftimos, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. George. The Emir Munzer Tannoukhi Mosque, and the Maronite Cathedral of St. George.
 
 
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