Rafik Hariri Mausoleum

8.01 review
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Martyrs' Square, Beirut, Lebanon
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Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated in 2005, with a giant car bomb, and he now lies in state in this very, very weird "mausoleum" next to the central mosque by Martyrs Squre. I put mausoleum in quotes because the structure is just a big white vinyl tent, with astroturf laid down inside. Very temporary feeling, and yet it's been there since not long after the event. There's round-the-clock Quran recitation recordings, and the flowers are always fresh. (For the morbid: I honestly don't know if his body is actually here. Islamic tradition is pretty serious about burying people immediately. It didn't seem right to ask the guards, though!)

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