Saint George and Beirut’s symbolic recomposition (4th-15th centuries)


May Davie


Saint George is the sacred figure that has forged Beirut’s historical face since the 14th century. However, Beirut was not always devoted to this saint: during the upper Middle Ages, it was the Saviour who was central to the votive logics of the city, while the military saints were confined to the edges of the urban territory. This article aims at explaining the circumstances that justified the introduction of a military saint into the heart of the city, while measuring his symbolic and material impact on the representations of the Christian and Muslim populations during the changes of Beirut’s urban structure.


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Davie, M. (2020). Saint George and Beirut’s symbolic recomposition (4th-15th centuries). Chronos, 40, 7-30.
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