Inside the abandoned hotel where 25,000 soldiers fought wars

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What was once a luxurious hotel in Beirut, Lebanon is now abandoned and left in ruins after it became a battlefield just a year after it opened in 1974.

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Known as the Holiday Inn, according to Jam Press, it was considered a great place to stay while on vacation in the country.

However, the location soon turned into a battlefield, with more than 25,000 soldiers fighting several wars – the hotel was forced to close its doors a year later.

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Roman Robroek, a full-time photographer from the Netherlands, photographed the abandoned structure, which has been in decay for the past 46 years.

Robroik, 34, told JAM press: “Everything had gone awry when the Lebanese civil war broke out.” “Overnight, Beirut transformed from a famous tourist attraction in the Middle East to a haven for fighters and fighters. For months, the area – which was home to various luxury hotels – became a war theater with over 25,000 fighters.”

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“It was known as the ‘Battle of the Hotels,'” said Roman. “Thousands of people were killed or seriously injured, many of whom were thrown from the roof of this hotel.”

A broken hole in a wall that looks out onto the picturesque Lebanon harbour.
Jam Press/Roman Robroek
The area is still considered a military zone and is under strict control of the Lebanese military, which restricts access to civilians.
The area is still considered a military zone and is under strict control of the Lebanese military, which restricts access to civilians.
Jam Press/Roman Robroek
Bullets and explosion holes can be seen on every floor of the abandoned hotel.
Bullets and explosion holes can be seen on every floor of the abandoned hotel.
Jam Press/Roman Robroek
The hotel had to close its doors a year after opening, as the hotel grounds had become a battlefield.
The hotel had to close its doors a year after opening, as the hotel grounds had become a battlefield.
Jam Press/Roman Robroek
The hotel - known as the Holiday Inn - opened in 1974 and used to be a gorgeous destination for vacationers in the Middle East.
Known as the Holiday Inn, the hotel opened in 1974 and used to be a gorgeous destination for holidaymakers in the Middle East.
Jam Press/Roman Robroek

In 1976, the war ended, but the hotel never recovered and what was left was taken over by scavengers.

“Kitchen appliances, wiring, copper, appliances and anything else that has value” [was taken], ” Robroc explained. “I can imagine that because of the economic challenges, it might be interesting to sell or use some items.”

Six years later, it was the center of attraction for another fight—the 1982 Lebanon War.

One photo shows the pool being completely emptied once it was filled with chlorine water. Other photos show the interior made of rubble and dust, including a broken hole in a wall that overlooks the beautiful Lebanon harbor.

In one image, the pool area that was once full of vacationers is now dreadfully empty and the grounds of the area are rusted.
In one image, the pool area is now completely empty and the field ground is rough and rusty.
Jam Press/Roman Robroek
Today, the building is owned by two different companies and one of the main reasons that it is still in disrepair is due to disagreements about its future.
Today, the building is owned by two different companies and one of the main reasons that it is still in disrepair is due to disagreements about its future.
Jam Press/Roman Robroek
“Overnight, Beirut turned from a famous tourist attraction in the Middle East into a haven for fighters and fighters,” says photographer Roman Robroc.
“Overnight, Beirut turned from a famous tourist attraction in the Middle East into a haven for fighters and fighters,” says photographer Roman Robroc.
Jam Press/Roman Robroek
“The hotel was not really a symbol of luxury, but a symbol of war and stands tall as a reminder of one of the darkest eras in Lebanese history,” says photographer Roman Robroc.
“The hotel was never really a symbol of luxury, but a symbol of war and is a reminder of one of the darkest eras in Lebanese history.”
Jam Press/Roman Robroek
Photographer Roman Robroc explained, "Thousands of people were killed or seriously injured, many of whom were thrown from the roof of this hotel."
Photographer Roman Robroc explained, “Thousands of people were killed or seriously injured, many of whom were thrown from the roof of this hotel.”
Jam Press/Roman Robroek

“Since it was tall and high above the city, the hotel became a favorite spot for snipers,” Robroek said. “The opponents tried to destroy the building with heavy artillery and you can still see the damage from those deadly attacks today. I found bullet and explosion holes on almost every floor.”

Robroik, who was concerned with the building’s history, needed to obtain permission to gain access from the military, the military, the government, and the building’s owners.

“It’s very rare to get access to a war emblem,” he explained. “I went during the day, as the place is guarded by the military and it was up to them how long I was allowed to enter.”

Roman Robroek, 34, a full-time photographer from the Netherlands, while traveling in Beirut, Lebanon, came across a terrifying building with a shocking past.
Roman Robroek, 34, a full-time photographer from the Netherlands, while traveling in Beirut, Lebanon, came across a terrifying building with a shocking past.
Jam Press/Roman Robroek
Shabby parking garage.
Shabby parking garage.
Jam Press/Roman Robroek
Roman Robroc discovered the building with a representative from Silat for Culture – a local non-profit organization – and two photographers.
Roman Robroc discovered the building with a representative from Silat for Culture – a local non-profit organization – and two photographers.
Jam Press/Roman Robroek
Roman wanted to explore the building after hearing about the history, but had to jump through some hoops to get inside.
Photographer Roman Robroc wanted to explore the building after hearing about the history, but had to jump through a few hoops to get inside.
Jam Press/Roman Robroek

The structure is currently owned by two separate companies, and due to their disagreements about its future, the building remains in disrepair.

Still considered a military zone, the area is under strict control of the Lebanese military, with strong surveillance, which restricts access to civilians.

“The idea of ​​an abandoned hotel is always somewhat terrifying, because it’s a reminder of the passage of time,” RoBrock continued. “The hotel’s skeleton became a beating heart for the underground youth scene, as it hosted various events and waves throughout the ’90s.”

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