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The construction of Burj El Murr in Beirut began simultaneously with the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War in 1975. Not only is the impressive tower in close proximity to the Lebanese coast, allowing a view of Cyprus from its uppermost levels, it is only a few several hundred metres from the Green Line that separated the rival groups of the Civil War for seventeen years. Snipers had an ideal visual survey of the area and all the way to the coastline from the building‘s shell. Twenty-eight of the planned forty storeys were completed when the war broke out. In 2014, Burj El Murr is unchanged: incomplete, uninhabited and perforated with bullet holes. Today, the gaping window-holes in the slender concrete colossus would give visitors an unobstructed view of the glass façades of luxury hotels around the new harbour and the yacht club at Zaituna Bay. The hotel guests there are primarily from the Arabian Gulf. But the camera has to stay outside: The view is still reserved for soldiers from the Lebanese army.