Anjar 1939-2019

Rebuilding Mussa Dagh in Lebanon



ISBN: 9783775746656 Category:


The small city of Anjar lies about sixty kilometers east of Beirut, in Lebanon. Its history borders on the miraculous. In 1939 a group of Armenians from the area Musa Dagh, who had survived the massacre and persecution perpetrated by the Young Turks, found each other. With support from the French colonial government, they managed to buy the land. Not only did the city planning that ensued foresee giving each family some land and a house, they also built three confessional schools in Anjar-apostolic, catholic, protestant.

In celebration of the city’s eightieth anniversary, the architects Vartivar Jaklian and Hossep Bahovan discuss this utopia, which is devoted to social and individual life, in this illustrated volume containing historical sketches and current photographs, as well as companion texts. The film accompanying the book also features interviews with today’s residents of Anjar.

Additional information

Weight 1274 g
Dimensions 26.7 x 30.9 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 10 April 2020
Number of pages 144
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Artivar Jaklian, Text by Hossep Bahovan
Dimensions 26.7 x 30.9 cm
Weight 1274 g
VARTIVAR JAKLIAN (*1976, Aleppo) and HOSSEP BABOYAN (*1976, Beirut) both have Armenian roots and come from Lebanon. They studied art and architecture in Beirut (Institut des Beaux-Arts) and in Venice (IUAV Università). They commute back and forth between these two metropolises. Jaklian is an architect and a photographer, and Bahovan is an architect and a filmmaker.