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In defiance of repeated destruction and reconstruction of the city, several majestic Corinthian columns from the Roman cardo maximus of Berytus (i.e. Roman Beirut), jut from the rubble below street level in Downtown Beirut. They are a striking reminder of Beirut's Roman heritage and a contrast to the modern city surrounding them. Dating probably from the 2nd century AD, this colonnaded road once cut through the city and led to the Roman Forum, which was located at today's Place de l'Etoile (Sahet el-Nejmé). The monumental road likely looked similar to the ruined colonnades now seen in Tyre or Apamea, Syria. The standing columns were discovered in 1963 and re-erected on their original spot, next to the Maronite Cathedral of Saint George. Behind them is a large excavation area that was uncovered after the demolition of buildings damaged during the 75-90 civil war. In this area, the continuation of the cardo maximus was unearthed.

Address: Rue Bachir - Downtown Beirut

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