3 Burj Al Murr Beirut, Lebanon
In Beirut, Burj Al Murr is a 34-floor building with seven basement floors that has a rich and important history. The tower was originally meant to be an office building and shopping mall. Construction on the building stopped in 1975, coinciding with the start of the Lebanese Civil War.
Due to the building’s height and location, it was quickly occupied by an armed militia and used as a tactical location during battles in Beirut. Top floors were reportedly used for shooting into the city, and lower floors were used for holding prisoners.
There are many stories about what happened to the building while it was used during the war. Although most of Beirut was destroyed by the war, Burj Al Murr still stood tall.
After it was cleared and the fighting stopped, the building had suffered enough damage that it was no longer fit to be developed. Today, it just stands tall as a reminder of the conflict that decimated the city just a few decades ago.