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St. George Cathedral.

..... ....Built on the plan of a basilica with its nave and two lateral aisles separated by two rows of columns, the cathedral has a façade of neo-classical style. The interior bears a general resemblance to that of St. Mary Major in Rome. Largely remodeled in the time of Mgr Ziadeh, Archbishop of Beirut between 1952 and 1986, the cathedral suffered during the Lebanese war of 1975 to 1990, being both plundered and defaced. A number of works of art that were looted have since been recovered and the famous painting by Delacroix representing Saint George, the cathedral's patron, has been restored. After the damage had been repaired, the cathedral was re-inaugurated by Maronite Patriarch His Beatitude Nassrallah Sfeir on 24th April, 2000..... ....


Jami' El-Omari.

One of the outstanding monuments of the city of Beirut is the great Mosque, or Jami' El-Omari, whose main door opens on the street Rue Weygand.
It was originally a church of the knights of St. Joan of the Hospital, dedicated to St. Joan the Baptist. This church was built in 1113, on the side of a former Byzantine place of worship which itself had been erected on the ruins of an ancient pagan temple. Following the departure of the Crusaders in 1291, the church was transformed into a Mosque and remodeled.
A doorway was created in the east apse and a mirhab and a minaret were added.


Decree N. 2385 of 17/1/1924 as amended by law N. 76 of 3/4/1999 ( articles 2, 5, 15, 49 and 85 ) lays down as follows:
The author of a literary or artistic work, by the very fact of authorship, has absolute right of ownership over the work, without obligation of recourse to formal procedures . The author will himself enjoy the benefit of exploitation of his work, and he possesses exclusive rights of publication and of the reproduction under any form whatsoever. Whether the work in question comes under the public domain or not those persons will be liable to imprisonment for a period of one to three years and to fine of between five and fifty million Lebanese pounds, or to either one of these penalties, who
1-will have appended or caused to be appended a usurped name on a literary or artistic work;
2-will have fraudulently imitated the signature or trademark adopted by an author, with a view to deceiving the buyer;
3-will have counterfeited a literary or artistic work;
4-or will have knowingly sold, received, or put on sale or into circulation a work which is counterfeit or signed with a forged signature.
The punishment will be increased in the event of repetition.