Rue Weygand

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The Beirut city hall on Weygand Street
Buildings along Weygand Street

Rue Weygand is a street in Beirut's Central Business District. Originally, the street was named Rue Nouvelle as it was a new thoroughfare constructed as part of a modernization plan in 1915.[1] Upon its completion, the street was renamed after Maxime Weygand, the High Commissioner of French-mandated Syria and Lebanon who served from 19 April 1923 – 29 November 1924.

Jean Lauffray, the French archeologist, revealed that Rue Weygand followed the ancient Roman decumanus.[2][3] While Roman and Byzantine mosaic floors have been found, the street predates the Roman Empire as archeological digs have also uncovered evidence that the street was a commercial hub even prior to the Hellenization of Phoenicia.[4]

Prior to the war, the number 2 tram ran from Gare du Phare to Rue de Damas via Rue Weygand.[5]

Rue Weygand is a one-way street that runs east-west, beginning at Boulevard George Haddad and turning into Rue Georges Picot that cuts through the Jewish quarter of Wadi Abu Jamil.[6] The Municipality of Beirut is located on the street along with exclusive designer shops and hotels, such as Le Gray.[7] The Beirut Souks are also located on Rue Weygand.

In Literature[edit]

  • The Arms of the Mantis by Robert Charles
"Sam Terrell was at that moment prowling the rooftop of a high rise building on the Rue Weygand."
  • The Man in the Middle by Hugh Atkinson
"Lawrence turned right into the Rue Weygand, changed down and accelerated past a crawl of Mercedes, Buicks and Cadillacs."
  • Redemption: A Novel of War in Lebanon by Liston Pope
"Ligury turned left on Rue Weygand, approaching the center."
  • The Song of the Goldencocks by Margaret Donnelly
"The taxi drove him around blocks and piles of collapsing buildings, then back to Rue Weygand, because Hamid wanted to show him a few archeological excavations that he pointed to, explaining, “Omari Grand Mosque, built over Roman temple..."
  • The Tiller of Waters by Hoda Barakat
"I went out to Rue Maarad, thinking I would go as far as Rue Weygand and from there would go home to plant the shoots before they could wilt."

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kassir, Debevoise, and Fisk. Beirut, page 281
  2. ^ Mannheim, Ivan. Syria & Lebanon Handbook: the Travel Guide, page
  3. ^ Mannheim, Ivan. Syria & Lebanon Handbook: the Travel Guide, page 45
  4. ^ Mannheim, Ivan. Syria & Lebanon Handbook: the Travel Guide, page
  5. ^ https://www.flickr.com/photos/26601689@N02/5497070749/
  6. ^ Kassir, Debevoise, and Fisk. Beirut, page 285
  7. ^ http://www.campbellgrayhotels.com/le-gray-beirut/location.html?lang=EN#/le-gray-beirut/location