Lebanon News

Construction at Roman hippodrome suspended

BEIRUT: The Shura Council has suspended Culture Minister Gaby Layyoun’s decision to allow construction on the site of a Roman hippodrome in Downtown Beirut, following opposition from civil society activists.

The Association for the Protection of Lebanese Heritage protested Layyoun’s decision, made in March, which reversed the stance of previous culture ministers. Objections included the 2009 inclusion of the site, plot 1370, on a list of protected areas and the fact that the Directorate General of Antiquities said the Roman venue was of crucial historical importance for Lebanon, and should be rehabilitated.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 02, 2012, on page 2.

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