Situated in the heart of Beirut, the square represents the location of most of the largest Lebanese public gatherings. Most political demonstrations and protests take place here. The square has undergone many changes and many names along the years. The square is known as Place des Canons because it commemorates Lebanese nationalists who were hanged during the World War I during Ottoman occupation.
The Martyrs’ square has a great significance for Lebanese people and it remains a symbol for all that was destroyed during the Lebanese civil war( 1975-1992). The bullet-ridden statue symbolizes the destruction that took place during the Lebanese civil war.
This is how the statue looks today:
(left) Arabic League
(right) from a set of three, picturing traditional buildings