St. George Maronite Cathedral, Beirut

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Saint George Maronite Cathedral is the cathedral of the Maronite Catholic Archeparchy of Beirut, Archdiocese of the city of Beirut, Lebanon. Its construction, with a Neoclassical facade, interior and plan inspired by the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, began in 1884 and ended in 1894.
The cathedral was heavily hit and shelled during the Lebanese civil war and was plundered and defaced. A number of works of art that were looted have since been recovered, including the famous painting by Delacroix representing Saint George, the patron saint of the cathedral and of the Archdiocese of the city of Beirut. The cathedral was restored after the end of the hostilities and was re-inaugurated by the Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir on 24 April 2000.
The Cathedral of Saint George was built by Monsignor Joseph Debs, the Archbishop of Beirut, on the site of an earlier church that was also dedicated to the same saint. The earlier structure was built in 1755 to serve the Maronites of Beirut. Work began in 1884 using Roman columns from the temple of Deir El Qalaa in Beit Mery. The edifice was completed and consecrated on Palm Sunday in 1894. Built on the plan of a basilica with its nave and two lateral aisles separated by two rows of columns, the cathedral has a façade of neo-classical style designed by Italian architect Giuseppe Maggiore. The interior bears a general resemblance to that of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.
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  • Built on the scale of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. Fully restored and is the seat of the Maronite Church in Beirut.  more »
  • It is the cathedral of the Maronite Catholic Archbishopric of Beirut and is located next to the Grand Mosque. It has a neoclassical façade and a design inspired by the Basilica of Sante Maria Maggiore in Rome. Its construction began in 1884 and ended in 1894.
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  • I really enjoyed our visit to the Saint Georges Maronite Cathedral which is located directly next to the famous Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque on Martyr’s Square and on the edge of the new Beirut Central Dis...  more »
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  • A lovely cathedral in the heart of Beirut and worth a visit if you’re in the area. The wood work on the deus is absolutely stunning. No photos to be taken but if you come at the right time during the day, you’re going to have no problems being able to take a snap because you will be the only one there
  • Fabulous Cathedral in down town beirut , similar interior decoration as Maria Magiore Basilica Rome.
  • Amazing structure. Very old architecture. One of the most popular tourist attractions in downtown.
  • Magnificent building. Be sure to visit the Crypt (small entrance fee) to see ancient Beirut.
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