Walk the line

Wallpaper - - Newspaper - pho­tog­ra­phy: baker & evans writ­ers: sara sturges, rosa bertoli, war­ren singh bartlett

once a phys­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Le­banon’s di­vi­sions, beirut’s wartime de­mar­ca­tion line was an over­grown waste­land of shred­ded build­ings and shat­tered dreams. now the line, which runs from the city cen­tre to the na­tional Mu­seum, has be­come a place of en­counter and ex­change, where a string of mu­se­ums is eras­ing old bound­aries, knit­ting the city to­gether.

01 beirut city mu­seum

ground has fi­nally bro­ken on renzo piano’s mu­seum on Mar­tyrs’ square. It will show off the city’s ar­chae­o­log­i­cal trea­sures.

02 beit beirut

built in 1924, this neo-ot­toman build­ing, once bul­let-rid­dled to the point of in­sta­bil­ity, is in the process of re­open­ing as a his­tory mu­seum.

03 mim

this glit­ter­ing high-tech mu­seum show­cases the col­lec­tion of rare min­er­als amassed by fi­nan­cial soft­ware mag­nate salim edde.

04 bema

Due to be­gin con­struc­tion soon, the beirut Mu­seum of art, de­signed by hala wardé, will be home to the na­tional col­lec­tion of mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary art.

05 beirut na­tional mu­seum

oc­cu­py­ing a neo-pharaonic build­ing, de­signed in the 1920s, this cap­puc­cino-coloured gem is packed with show­stop­pers, in­clud­ing the world’s largest col­lec­tion of an­thro­poid sar­cophagi.

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