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A photo exhibition "Memoirs of Beirut", organized by Lebanese architect Halid Tadmoury aims to shed a light to Ottoman era whose efforts led the country to be re-built.
Lebanese architect Halid Tadmoury who was trained in Turkey told Anadolu news agency that he "aimed at emphasizing the modernization age that Beirut saw during the Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II era."
"Because most Lebanese do not know that. On the contrary, they think the modern buildings and schools of that time were built during the French mandate period. When people saw that the French or the Germans were doing all the projects designed by the Ottomans, because at that time no one else were there to do them, the people attributed them to French or Germans. In addition, the later of the French mandate period, sultan's signatures on these works were dismantled, and clocks or pictures were put on them.. As a result, this period remained as a dark period, " Tadmoury told the agency.
100-year old buildings and works constructed during the Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II era are being displayed in pictures in the Lebanese capital Beirut.
The photographs exhibited under the title "Memoirs of Beirut: 100 years 100 photos" show modern buildings in the end of the 19th century and early 20th century.
Aiming to shed some light to this dark period as the exhibition organizer, Tadmoury stated that Beirut was a smal town until the end of 19th century, but changes started when it was decided to built a major port during Abdulhamid II period.
Nearly half of the exhibition photos have been collected from Sultan Abdulhamid's Archives of Yıldız Palace and the rest is from Lebanese collector Fuad Abbas' archives.
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"During that period, the first buildings began to be built. The first council was established. The first military buildings, schools, high schools, vocational high schools, all began to be built during that time period. Abdulhamid allowed all foreigners here to open their own schools, colleges. At that time, approximately 12 churches were built more than 20 schools opened. Today these schools still serve the community as the most important schools of Beirut.
The exhibition will be open for one month in the UNESCO Culture Center in Beirut.