Rural Tourism and Cultural Heritage:
Two Intertwined Networks

mira hariz

“Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.”, Gibran Khalil Gibran.
Protecting and preserving the past is not an impulse that Lebanon takes toward its cultural heritage sites: Falougha is one example, with its abandoned hotels and houses. These dwellings used to have a certain importance due to their strategic location vis-a-vis the urban fabric of the town, but they seem to be forgotten and ignored after the economic crisis and the civil war. Thus, preserving the old dwellings might just be what Falougha needs in order for these skeletons to become an epiphany of good memories . Therefore, the selected houses create a certain architectural heritage promenade along Falougha, where each of these houses would have a different program allowing it to be used by visiting tourists and locals. Finally, a program at the center of the promenade  would be created for hikers and visitors,  allocating a space to discover and experience the raw nature of the village.

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