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Photograph of Bab Idris street


Beirut, Lebanon

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Beirut Municipality

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Pictured here is Bab Idris street, leading to Bab Idris, the city's western gate and the entrance to the old town. By the time of Ahmad Bey al-Jazzar's reign (1777–1804), the city had four main gates: Bab al-Dirka to the south, Bab al-Santiya to the west, Bab al-Dabbagha to the north, and Bab al-Saraya to the east. Jazzar Pasha built fortifications between these four main gates, which was not a fortified gate. Other city gates included Bab Yaqub, also in the east, Bab Abu Nasr at Burj square, and Bab Idris. These non-military gates are reflections of the city's rapid expansion, particularly due to an increase in trade.

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Hady El Hajj, Jennifer Harb, Cynthia Karaki "Photograph of Bab Idris street" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2023. https://sharinghistory.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;lb;92;en;N

Prepared by: Hady El Hajj, Jennifer Harb, Cynthia Karaki
Copyedited by: Flaminia Baldwin

MWNF Working Number: LB 104

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