About the Martyrs' Square
Situated in the heart of Beirut, the square represents the location of most of the largest Lebanese public gatherings. One of the most remarkable was the March 14 th protest of one millions after a month anniversary of Hariri’s assassination that led to the removal of the Syrian troops. Most political demonstrations and protests take place here. The square has great significance for Lebanese people and the area adjoining Place des Martyrs was the site of Beirut’s most famous red-light district.
The square has undergone many changes and many names along the years. The square is known as Place des Canons and the Burj. Place des Canon because it commemorates Lebanese nationalists who were hanged during the World War I, on the 6TH of May, 1916 by the Ottomans when a revolt against the Turks broke out and the Burj refers to the Burj-al-Kachaf, Al-Kachaf Tower that occupied the square until 1874. The Martyrs’ Place is also known as Souk el Barghout, where hundreds of tourists pass by and enjoy delightful food. People of all ages can go and have a wild time with Oriental, Pop, Blues and Jazz Music. The Martyrs’ square has a great significance for Lebanese people and it remains a symbol for all that was destroyed during the Lebanese civil war( 1975-1992). The bullet-ridden statue symbolizes the destruction that took place during the Lebanese civil war. Nowadays the square gained a more pleasant aspect and it is bustling with life. It has become one of many gathering places of all Lebanese popular events. The place is visited by many tourists who come from various parts of the world.