Picture from TheBeirutReport

Construction works at Beirut’s Roman Hippodrome that were suspended last year by the Shura Council, are set to resume after the Ministry of Culture “has approved (in the absence of a general director) construction across the remaining hippodrome grounds, so long as the developer reintegrates the wall into the basement level of the luxury housing development.”

I am not sure how much of the wall will be preserved nor how the Shura Council decision was overruled, but it’s quite disappointing to see such an impressive 1st century monument be replaced by luxury apartments.

If you wish to read more about it, check out Habib Battah’s detailed report for BBC [Here].

What the hippodrome could have looked like 2000 years ago