Location & Overview

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.

Beirut

Location map

Carte de Beyrouth

Location map

Street map

Street map – Hekmeh neighborhood

Plan of the Hekmeh and Mar Mikhayel neighborhoods

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.

Sagesse crossroad, starting point of the Fouad Boutros highway
(credits: Achrafieh Stairs)

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.

Hekmeh neighborhood

The heart of the hekmeh neighborhood

Hekmeh neighborhood

The heart of the hekmeh neighborhood
(credits : Alex Nicolas)

Hekmeh neighborhood

The heart of the Hekmeh neighborhood
(credits : Habib Battah)

The heart of the Hekmeh neighborhood

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 hidden Orchard, seen from above
(credits : Naji Assi)

The orchard

The orchard
(credits : Nadim Asfar

The Orchard

The Orchard

The Orchard
(credits : Dina Mneimneh)

The Orchard
(credits : Naji Assi)

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.

A hill-side neighborhood descending towards Mar Mikhayel
(credits : Naji Assi)

Historic urban facade of Armenia Street
(credits : Achrafieh Stairs)

Historic urban facade of Armenia Street
(credits : Naji Assi)

Historic urban facade of Armenia Street
(credits : Achrafieh Stairs)

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