The neighborhoods concerned by the highway project “Hekmeh-Turk Axis” (Fouad Boutros road) are located within municipal Beirut, in the regions of Achrafieh, Rmeil and Medawar.
The neighborhood is composed of several urban fabrics, with distinct atmosphere and dynamics. To the south, it starts on the extremely commercial and trendy Charles Malek avenue, and with the “maronite campus” that includes the “Collège de la Sagesse” school and the Maronite Archbishopric.
The heart of the neighborhood is composed of small houses, narrow streets and many gardens. The architectural heritage is significant, as most houses belong to the early 20th century ottoman period, with several dating from the 19th century rural past of Ashrafieh. It is a neighborhood of small alleys, stairs and dead-ends that constitute a very organic and warm urban fabric.
One of the most significant, priceless and remarkable features of this neighborhood is the very large orchard that remains in the heart of the quarter. It is one of the last such garden in Achrafieh and Beyrouth, and a remain of the terrassed morphology of the Achrafieh Hill before its heavy urbanisation.
The neighborhood ends on Armenia Street, where the Mar Mikhayel neighborhood starts. Armenia street is the main artery of Mar Mikhayel, one of the last streets of Beirut to have retained its traditional character, with a remarkably coherent and intact historic urban facade, dating from the 19th century. It is one of the most touristic, most active, most trendy, most “artsy” streets of the city.