iHERITAGE in Lebanon showcases the Rachid Karami International Fair inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List
Experience the captivating world of the Rachid Karami International Fair through this immersive 360° video. Originally envisioned by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1962, this architectural marvel is located in Tripoli, a northern gem of Lebanon. As you engage with this video, you'll experience an interactive journey, by dragging the screen or using the navigator located at the upper left corner when viewing on YouTube.
As one of the major representative works of 20th century modern architecture in the Arab Near East, the building represents the integration of Brazilian modernist concepts into the context of the Arab Near East and is a vivid example of cultural exchange in the field of architecture. The World Heritage Committee used an emergency procedure to inscribe the site, due to its alarming state of conservation, the lack of financial resources for its maintenance, and the latent risk of development proposals that could affect the integrity of the complex. The site was therefore inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in January 2023, which opens access to enhanced international assistance both technical and financial.