الاثنين، 5 ديسمبر، 2011

Faqra bridge under threat

http://eecoy.com/content/faqra-bridge-under-threat Faqra bridge under threat Posted on December 2, 11 While Lebanon sees demands for preserving historical buildings not being met in the past decades, conservation of historical sites seems now to be another battle worth fighting for. Regretfully, construction works in the country have started to take its toll on Faqra bridge, one of Lebanon's breathtaking natural spaces. Environmental advisor, Mazen Abboud warns against the use of dynamite to blow up portions of the road, near the Faqra natural stone bridge in Kfardebian village situated in the Kesrouan area. “Dynamite explosions could damage the site,” he mentions. Abboud demands the Kfardebian Municipality to put construction road works on hold, asking the General Directorate of Urbanism (GDU) to carry out further studies and seek funds along with government and municipality, in order to purchase the entire territory of land and turn it into a natural reserve. Being object of several archeological and historical studies, this fine monumental natural bridge stands in the Faqra area. The 34-meter bridge overhangs a basin full of giant stone blocks crashed down from the sides. Fossilized seashells fixed in the surrounding strata, date back 200 million years. Fakra ruins which are located in Kfardebian at 1,600 meters above sea level is declared by Ernest Renan in his book “A Journey to Phoenicia”, as the greatest ruins in Mount-Lebanon. If Abboud however, fears the chaotic construction growth in the country might hinder Lebanon’s tourism competitiveness, many other experts point to the government’s crucial role in giving more power to its planning and legislation policies in attempts to preserve Lebanon’s natural sites.

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