Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, assassinated in 2005, had launched the rebuilding of Beirut’s war-torn historic commercial centre through the most ambitious construction programme in Lebanon’s history. The design of this commemorative garden pays tribute to his vision and achievements. Steps symbolise the gradual rebuilding of Beirut and an open invitation to the city; granite planes represent sobriety and perseverance; flowing water mirrors embody continuity; and a row of flowering Jacaranda trees evokes life’s constant renewal. Situated on a steeply sloping triangular site below the Grand Serail (Government Palace), the garden is intended as a public space, but has remained closed to date, due to security concerns.
Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture