The National: ‘This phoenix has to rise’: New Beirut sculptures represent the power of the Lebanese people

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BEIRUT, Lebanon – First, there were the martyrs. Then, the phoenix. Then, the revolutionary woman. In the past two weeks, the famed bronze statue in Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square that was built in honour of Lebanese nationalists executed by the Ottomans in 1916 has been joined by two neighbours – two sculptures that are decades younger than the civil war-scarred statue, but which are arguably just as powerfully symbolic.

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