As with many other Ottoman historic architectural works in the Middle East and Balkans, a fountain in Lebanon’s capital sponsored by the late Ottoman Emperor Abdulhamit the second has fallen into disrepair.
In the Ottoman time, the fountain was located in the center of the city, however, in 1950’s it was moved to Sanaya Park where it still stands. During the transportation the crescent and star on the historical artifact, an indication that the fountain was a work of Ottomans, was destroyed and some parts of it were removed.
The civil war in Lebanon also harmed the fountain as many bullet holes can be seen on it today. For the reason that no renovation work has been conducted in the last century, the fountain is not functioning. Although it is 1.53 metre shorter than its original version, the fountain symbolizes the 402-year of Ottoman rule in Beirut.
Restoration work is urgently needed to save the historic fountain before it is too late.
Kuzey News AgencyGüncelleme Tarihi: 02 Temmuz 2013, 16:04