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A symbol of Lebanon's golden age, but also its brutal Civil War, the empty shell of the Holiday Inn hotel in Beirut could now take on a new life.No one yet knows what it will become, but after decades as a chilling reminder of the 1975-1990 conflict, the building is set to be auctioned off in the coming months. Towering over the Beirut seafront, the Holiday Inn is instantly recognizable because of the bullet and rocket marks still covering its walls, more than two decades after the war that devastated Lebanon. One of the most iconic images to emerge from the war, taken just as Beirut was being torn apart into east and west, showed a tower of black smoke rising above the building.The landmark Phoenicia Hotel just next door has been restored to its onetime glory, but the shareholders of the building housing the defunct Holiday Inn have been locked in a dispute over its future.
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