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Reviewed 18 March 2018

At first I thought to statue was there to commemorate victims of the Lebanese civil war, but after some reading I understood that it symbolizes victory over Ottoman (Turkish) rule and honors Lebanese fighters who became martyrs after they were hanged. The bullet holes and shrapnel wounds are indeed a result of fighting during the civil war as the square was right on the demarcation line between East and West Beirut.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Martyrs’ Square is identified by Martyrs’ Statue. Erected in 1960, the statue commemorates 6 Lebanese nationalists hanged by Ottoman occupiers in 1916.
The four bronze figures represent freedom, hope and liberty.
The statue was damaged during the civil war (1975-1990) and although restored, bullet holes and broken limbs were maintained in the hope they deter history from repeating.

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Reviewed 23 December 2017

Passing by the Place Des Martyrs will always give, to members of my generation, the chill and will bring back memories of both the golden years and the war.

Thank Elie H
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Reviewed 10 December 2017

The statue has bullet holes from the Lebanese civil war and is near the Roman ruins. The place is marked by the traffic jams and frankly there isn't much to see.

Thank AOmeiri
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

If you are exploring downtown Beirut you will most likely see this monument. It is well worth stopping by. The striking feature is the bullet holes that remind you a war took place here, and the monument was part of a demarcation line during the Lebanese civil war.

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