Saint George Maronite Cathedral is the cathedral of the Maronite Catholic Archeparchy of Beirut, Archdiocese of the city of Beirut, Lebanon. Its construction, with a Neoclassical facade, interior and plan inspired by the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, began in 1884 and ended in 1894.Put St. George Maronite Cathedral on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Beirut day trip planning site.
The cathedral was heavily hit and shelled during the Lebanese civil war and was plundered and defaced. A number of works of art that were looted have since been recovered, including the famous painting by Delacroix representing Saint George, the patron saint of the cathedral and of the Archdiocese of the city of Beirut. The cathedral was restored after the end of the hostilities and was re-inaugurated by the Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir on 24 April 2000.
The Cathedral of Saint George was built by Monsignor Joseph Debs, the Archbishop of Beirut, on the site of an earlier church that was also dedicated to the same saint. The earlier structure was built in 1755 to serve the Maronites of Beirut. Work began in 1884 using Roman columns from the temple of Deir El Qalaa in Beit Mery. The edifice was completed and consecrated on Palm Sunday in 1894. 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 designed by Italian architect Giuseppe Maggiore. The interior bears a general resemblance to that of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.
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I liked the interior a lot, and thought this was the most beautiful religious building in this town full of ugliness more »
The St. George Maronite Cathedral is a beautifull and well preserved cathedral that is worth spending some time on. The paintings and decorations are really nice and the plae is in the car-free zone..... more »
A lovely cathedral in the heart of Beirut and worth a visit if you’re in the area. The wood work on the deus is absolutely stunning. No photos to be taken but if you come at the right time during the day, you’re going to have no problems being able to take a snap because you will be the only one there
Fabulous Cathedral in down town beirut , similar interior decoration as Maria Magiore Basilica Rome.
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