The once-luxurious hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, has now been abandoned and turned into a battlefield a year after it opened in 1974.
According to Jam Press, the so-called Holiday Inn is considered a lavish place to stay while on holiday in the country.
However, the place quickly became a battleground, with more than 25,000 soldiers fighting in several battles – forcing the hotel to close its doors a year later.
Roman Robroc, a full-time photographer in the Netherlands, captures photos of abandoned structures that have remained rotten for the past 46 years.
“Everything stopped because the Lebanese civil war broke out,” the 34-year-old Roebrock told Jam Press. “Overnight, Beirut became a refuge for fighters and fighters from the tourist attractions of the Middle East.
“It was called the Battle of the Hotels,” Roman added. “Thousands were killed or seriously injured. Many were thrown from the roof of this hotel.”
In 1976, the war ended, but the hotel was never able to recover and the scavengers took what was left.
“Cooking equipment, wiring, copper, tools and anything that has value [was taken]”I can only imagine that some items may be interesting to sell or use, because of the financial challenges.”
Six years later, it was a hotspot for another war – The 1982 War in Lebanon.
One photograph shows the pool, once filled with chlorine water, completely empty. Other photos show an interior made of rubble and dust, including a collapsed hole in the picturesque looking wall of Lebanon Harbor.
“Because it is tall and tower over the city, the hotel is a favorite spot for snipers,” said Robrock. “The opponents tried to destroy the building with heavy artillery and you can still see the damage from that deadly attack. I found bullet and blast holes on every floor.
Intrigued by the history of the building, Roebrock had to obtain permission from the army, army, government and building owners to gain access.
“It’s very rare to get access to a war code,” he explained. “I went in the daytime because the place was guarded by the troops and I was dependent on them for how long I was allowed to enter.”
The structure is currently owned by two separate companies and, due to their disagreement over its future, the building is in disarray.
Still considered a military zone, the area is under the strict control of the Lebanese army, with strong surveillance, which restricts access to civilians.
“The idea of an abandoned hotel is always a little weird because it’s a reminder that time is passing,” Robrock continued. “The hotel’s skeleton became the heart of the underground youth scene, as it hosted various events and raves in the 90s.”