Solidere Checks Into The Asylum

Photo Blog by Marwan Bu Haidar

The Asfouriyeh was built by American missionaries in 1890 with permission from the Ottoman Sultanate. It stretches over 130,000m2 of green space and includes 46 buildings in the area of Hazmieh, east of Beirut.

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At the beginning of the 20th century, it was the largest mental hospital in the Middle East.

It may be the size of the asylum that made the word stick in the collective memory of the Lebanese, for whom Asfouriyeh became synonymous with any mental hospital.

(Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar)
(Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar)
(Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar)
(Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar)
(Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar)
(Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar)
(Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar)
(Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar)

Comments

Thanks for posting these dramatic photographs. I've recently posted artworks of the hospital printed on site in 1950/51 and it's possible to match some of the buildings in the prints to the ruins in your photos. http://tandscandal.wordpress.com/asfouriyeh/
I hope those proposing to redevelop the site find it possible to save some of the architecture, if not the history.

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