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An eye for an eye might make the whole world blind, but in Beirut, revenge comes in the form of a wall – built to block your apartment's seaside view.Locally known as "al-B'asa" – meaning "the Grudge" – the former apartment building looks like a wall and, ultimately, that's what it is.Beirut's facades are a testament to the city's historic tensions, as many of the buildings are still riddled with Civil War bullet marks, so perhaps it is unsurprising that the Grudge is not the only wall in the city built out of resentment.About 2 kilometers away, on May Ziadeh Street in Clemenceau, a yellow wall about half a meter thick in parts matches the height of the adjacent building to its north. The wall lies on the same property as the Kettaneh building, a beautifully preserved piece of Beirut architecture built in the 1920s.The descendants who remained in Beirut inherited the building.Both the Grudge and the Clemenceau Wall will likely be preserved for varying reasons.
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