The Lebanese capital Beirut has always held pride of place in this Orient dreamland, whether in the times of the Phoenicians, the Romans with the Law Faculty, the Arabs, the Crusaders or their various successors, down to the present day. There is much to admire from ancient centuries. But among the present-day monuments raised at the dawn of this third millennium one cannot ignore the Mohammad Ameen Mosque, a masterpiece of religious architecture, sheltering the tomb where lies the former Prime Minister, Rafiq Hariri, with his two fellow national martyrs.
The mosque stands in the center of the city, on the north-west side of the space once known as Artillery Square (place des Canons), then as Martyrs’ Square and finally as Independence Square. It is north-east of the Maronite church of St. George, near the remains of the Roman Law School.