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Old May 22nd, 2009, 06:49 PM   #221
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Does anyone know what they did with the numerous archeological finds that were discovered about 10 years ago prior to any work being done on the Souks? I remember seeing pictures and reading about it a while back and there were LOTS of archeological sites that were taking place in that area. I have not been able to find anythig since then and I am really worried that they bulldozed all the archeological findings and just build the souks on top of it all.
I would hope that because of the buildings elevated positions, they somehow maintained the sites below the building and the sites would still be visible/accessible to the shoppers.
Can someone please provide information or am I just going crazy and thinking of something else?
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 03:32 PM   #222
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Does anyone know what they did with the numerous archeological finds that were discovered about 10 years ago prior to any work being done on the Souks? I remember seeing pictures and reading about it a while back and there were LOTS of archeological sites that were taking place in that area. I have not been able to find anythig since then and I am really worried that they bulldozed all the archeological findings and just build the souks on top of it all.
I would hope that because of the buildings elevated positions, they somehow maintained the sites below the building and the sites would still be visible/accessible to the shoppers.
Can someone please provide information or am I just going crazy and thinking of something else?
I saw the excavations on a short trip I made a decade ago. There were amazing finds related to the ordered underlying street grid - something usually associated only with the Greeks, but dating rather from the 'persian' period (so the Greeks didn't invent everything!?).

But as much of the complex is build over a deep underground parking lot, I think that now we'd have to go look for most of those perso-phoenician ruins in the landfill.

They were supposed to incorporate mosaics from the Roman (?) period, and also a preserved rectangle of the underlying perso-phoenician ruins which should be landscaped and open to the sky. The Solidere chapter on the Souks shows where they might be. But I noted that the latest photos they've posted don't show anything. I hope that's because they want to build the suspense, or because the setting isn't ready, rather than that they've abandoned the idea.
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Old May 30th, 2009, 07:40 PM   #223
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Old June 1st, 2009, 09:56 PM   #224
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Many who remember the old souks (I don't) often pose the question as to whether any of the original storekeepers would be back. Understandably, they cherish a hope of reconnecting to a past that the war destroyed.
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Anyway the idea of recreating the ambience of a souk doesn't seem to have been a goal. For a while, someone was even suggesting that they should and would discard the old street names...
I would guess very few of them are still in business. The gold souks that exist currently in Beirut are suffering as is. As any shop owner how business has been going and a lot of them think they will be out of business within the next decade. Unfortunately, SOLIDERE seems to want to create a very plastic and superficial version of a souk which has always been a key feature of Middle Eastern cities. It would be like European cities removing their canals for highways! Beirut has enough boutiques in the city center (most haven't attracted customers in impressive numbers). Why add so many more?
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Old June 7th, 2009, 09:42 PM   #225
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Does anyone know what they did with the numerous archeological finds that were discovered about 10 years ago prior to any work being done on the Souks? I remember seeing pictures and reading about it a while back and there were LOTS of archeological sites that were taking place in that area. I have not been able to find anythig since then and I am really worried that they bulldozed all the archeological findings and just build the souks on top of it all.
I would hope that because of the buildings elevated positions, they somehow maintained the sites below the building and the sites would still be visible/accessible to the shoppers.
Can someone please provide information or am I just going crazy and thinking of something else?
As I posted above, most of the history is gone.
But there is an "Archaeological Garden" where something has been preserved. Don't know how they will arrange it so that it is identifiable and informative:

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Old June 10th, 2009, 08:06 PM   #226
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As I posted above, most of the history is gone.
But there is an "Archaeological Garden" where something has been preserved. Don't know how they will arrange it so that it is identifiable and informative:

hmmm...thanks for the pic. I guess preserving something is better than not having anything at all eh? Hopefully there is more to it than what's in the picture...
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Old June 10th, 2009, 08:36 PM   #227
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These are some picures that I found that triggered my question initially - courtesy of Borre Ludvingsen (almashriq.hiof.net) - http://almashriq.hiof.no/lebanon/700...igsen/pcd0087/ - These were taken around 1995-1996, at the peak of the excavations and the delight of the archeologists









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Old June 12th, 2009, 02:47 AM   #228
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Here it is, from the solidere report
Its Aishti's new store... Go to there magazine that just came out on there website...also says souks are opening this month!
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Old June 12th, 2009, 03:10 AM   #229
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I thought it was a department store
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Old June 12th, 2009, 04:29 AM   #230
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aishti is a deparatment store name lol
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Old June 12th, 2009, 07:28 AM   #231
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Ohhh I thought It was just a retail store like GS.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 01:22 PM   #232
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well it is something like a department store ...only it charges a million times higher
they were selling a pair of jeans for 1200$ 2 years ago,it comes with a free condom the same colour as the jeans ... lol, that'll definitely boost their customers ...especially those khaleeji m7ajabet
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Old June 12th, 2009, 01:33 PM   #233
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Its Aishti's new store... Go to there magazine that just came out on there website...also says souks are opening this month!

Designed by world renowned architect Zaha Hadid. This is her second building in Lebanon.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 03:44 PM   #234
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well it is something like a department store ...only it charges a million times higher
they were selling a pair of jeans for 1200$ 2 years ago,it comes with a free condom the same colour as the jeans ... lol, that'll definitely boost their customers ...especially those khaleeji m7ajabet
It doesnt charge anything higher! That what designer cloths sell for worldwide..
Durning sale period, sometimes they offer ridiculously low prices, compared to the original price outside lebanon!
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Old June 12th, 2009, 03:55 PM   #235
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70% when I was in Lebanon for the Feb sale ! hopfully 2010 I can do some shopping in Beirut Souks.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 05:22 AM   #236
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great souk,but at what month it wil be opened???
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Old July 6th, 2009, 09:46 PM   #237
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I asked the Chief foreman today for you, he said the souks are aiming to open by October/November.
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Old July 12th, 2009, 01:10 PM   #238
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Taken July 11.



Way too exciting
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Old July 12th, 2009, 05:33 PM   #239
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Old July 15th, 2009, 05:52 AM   #240
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