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The arabic form of 'The Garden of Forgiveness' ...is an area that is under development in the city center of Beirut. This area was once a part of what constituted the Green Line, the fighting zone between the Muslims and the Christians. Today, this is the most vibrant and alive district of the City of Beirut.
The name implies that this beautiful area of Beirut should serve as a place for people to reflect on the past... and to find it in their heart to forgive and move forward.
The design of the garden, which is currently under development, was designed based upon an international design competition which was won by renowned landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson (designer of the Diana Memorial Fountain in London's Hyde Park).
The Garden of Forgiveness Project has many interesting aspects, some of which include:
1. According to the site archaeologist, at least fifteen different civilizations have lived on the site. Most were destroyed through war. A partial listing of civilizations include: Phoenician, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Persian, Abbasid, Mamluk, Ottoman, French Colonial and contemporary.
2. The garden is located in a site of tremendous historic richness. it is located directly over the ancient heart of the city of Beirut. The middle intersection of the ancient Roman cardo (running north and south) and the decamanus (running east and west) intersect within the garden.
the garden is surrounded by three churches (Maronite, Greek Orthodox and Catholic) and three mosques, including the magnificient newly built Mohammad al-Amin mosque.
3. The garden straddles the Green Line of destruction right where much of the heaviest fighting took place during the Lebanese Civil War.
4. Near the middle of the garden, there was an ancient shrine to Nourieh, also known as Mother Mary to Christians or Mariam to Muslims. At this shrine, both Muslim and Christian women prayed for centuries for miraculous healings, healthy childbirths, etc. The shrine was destroyed in the Civil War but has been rebuilt in a new and elegant form and stands directy behind the St. George Greek Orthodox Church on the edge of the site.
5. On November 9, 2005, three women who lost their husbands and sons in the 9/11 attacks in New York City, flew to Beirut and on November 10, 2005 they planted an olive tree in remembrance of their loved ones. On their visit to Lebanon they also visited Hizbullah's Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem, Bahia Hariri, the sister of the deceased Prime Minister and also Giselle Khoury whose husband, a journalist, was assassinated in June of 2005.
6. Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri took his last steps on a road beside one side of the garden, and his tomb, now visited by millions of people each year, is just on the other. His burial site is located just in front of the graceful (some say massive) Mohammad al-Amin mosque which he helped finance the construction of, and his security guards lost on the attack are now placed directly on the edge of the garden.
7. An ancient heart shaped well, perhaps 3,000 to 5,000 years old, is also located in the garden site and is thought to be related to the goddess Venus.
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