The World Monument Fund has decided to place for this year the heritage buildings of Beirut and their surrounding on the 2022 World Monument Watch. This decision comes following the heavy damages that these houses endured from the August 4 Beirut Blast. The WMF estimates that hundreds of historic buildings distributed throughout the neighborhoods of Gemmayzeh, Mar Mikhael, and Karantina, as well as Ashrafieh, a prosperous area rising on a hill further south have been directly affected. These neighborhoods contain one of the largest concentration of heritage buildings in the city.

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