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article imageThe St. George Maronite Cathedral and the Mohammed Al-Amine Mosque: An Expression of Religious Tolerance

By Tar De Moutonnoir     Apr 3, 2007 in World
These are pictures of an old Cathedral in the downtown district of Beirut, Lebanon built aside a Mosque as a symbol of tolerance and peace.
Finding Churches and Mosques within the same proximity is actually quite common in the ethnically diverse country of Lebanon. The two are not far from 'Martyr's Square' which is at the heart of the old 'green line' that used to separate rival militia groups during the Lebanese civil war that spanned 16 years from 1975 to 1991. The Mosque was built by Rafiq Hariri, a former Lebanese PM who was assassinated in 2005. The Cathedral was built in the 1800's but was damaged and looted during the war. It has now been fully restored and looted artifacts returned.
A view of the two places of worship before the completion of their renovation.(Picture by Stuart Whatling)
St George Maronite Cathedral, with its exterior renovation nearly completed.
(Picture by John Sarvay)
A view of the Mosque's minaret.(Picture by John Sarvay)
A choir performs inside the cathedral.(Picture by The St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology)
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