Inside an abandoned hotel where 25,000 soldiers fought wars

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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.”

A collapsed hole in the wall overlooking the beautiful Lebanon harbor.
Jam Press / Roman Robrock
The area is still considered a military zone and under the strict control of the Lebanese army, which restricts access to civilians.
The area is still considered a military zone and under the strict control of the Lebanese army, which restricts access to civilians.
Jam Press / Roman Robrock
Bullets and explosion holes can be observed on each floor of an abandoned hotel.
Bullets and explosion holes can be observed on each floor of an abandoned hotel.
Jam Press / Roman Robrock
The hotel's grounds had become a haven, and the doors had to be closed a year after the hotel opened.
The hotel’s grounds had become a haven, and the doors had to be closed a year after the hotel opened.
Jam Press / Roman Robrock
The hotel - known as the Holiday Inn - opened in 1974 and was a lavish place to stay for the holidays in the Middle East.
The hotel, known as the Holiday Inn, opened in 1974 and was a lavish place to stay on vacation in the Middle East.
Jam Press / Roman Robrock

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.

In one image, the pool area that was once filled with vacationers is now bizarrely empty and the grounds of the area are rusted and rusted.
In one picture, the pool area is now bizarrely empty and the grounds of the area are rusted and rusted.
Jam Press / Roman Robrock
Today, the building is owned by two separate companies and one of the main reasons it is still in disarray is disagreement over its future.
Today, the building is owned by two separate companies and one of the main reasons it is still in disarray is disagreement over its future.
Jam Press / Roman Robrock
“Overnight, Beirut has become a paradise for fighters and fighters from the mythical tourist attraction of the Middle East,” says photographer Roman Robroc.
Jam Press / Roman Robrock
“The hotel was not really a symbol of luxury, but rather a symbol of war and reminiscent of one of the darkest eras in Lebanon’s history.”
Jam Press / Roman Robrock
“Thousands were killed or seriously injured, many thrown from the roof of this hotel,” photographer Roman Robrock explained.
Jam Press / Roman Robrock

“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.”

Roman Robrock, 34, a full-time photographer from the Netherlands, was traveling in Beirut, Lebanon, and saw a strange building with a traumatic past.
Roman Robrock, 34, a full-time photographer from the Netherlands, was traveling in Beirut, Lebanon, and saw a strange building with a traumatic past.
Jam Press / Roman Robrock
Dirt parking garage.
Dirt parking garage.
Jam Press / Roman Robrock
A local nonprofit - and two photographers - explored the Roman Roebrock building with Silat's representative for the culture.
Roman Robrock explored the building with a representative of Silat for Culture – a local non-profit organization – and two photographers.
Jam Press / Roman Robrock
Roman wanted to explore the building after hearing about history, but had to jump through some hoops to allow inside.
Photographer Roman Robrock wanted to explore the building after hearing about the history but had to jump through some hoops to get inside.
Jam Press / Roman Robrock

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.”

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