Beirut’s Thinnest Building a Result of Sibling Rivalry; Twitterati Share more Examples of ‘Spite Buildings’

Shruti Venkatesh
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Beirut’s Thinnest Building a Result of Sibling Rivalry; Twitterati Share more Examples of ‘Spite Buildings’

The 14-meter high building located in the capital city of Lebanon is not wider than one meter

The rivalry between siblings has inspired many interesting plots in Bollywood. Be it the iconic 1975 hit Deewar, the Salman Khan-Shahrukh Khan starrer Karan Arjun in 1995 to more recently, Brothers, that had Siddharth Malhotra and Akshay Kumar in the lead roles, movies with siblings at loggerheads have always found favour among filmmakers. And if you are tired of the reel-life drama, then here is a real life entertainment for you. A man from Beirut actually went on to construct the thinnest building in the region just because he wanted to block the Mediterranean sea view of his brother’s building! The building has come in the news after a Twitter user posted a picture of the building with the caption “The Grudge Building in Manara is Beirut’s thinnest building (<1m). The owner built it to block his brother’s property’s sea view.” 

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Well yes, the 14-meter high building located in the capital city of Lebanon is not wider than one meter. It has been constructed in 1954 and could well be the thinnest building in the world. The story behind the “The Grudge” building in Manara, Beirut is that the two brothers had inherited plots from their father. But because one of the brother’s plots was reclaimed by infrastructure, he decided to build the thinnest building in the area to block his brother’s view of the sea. From the time the Twitter user shared a photo of the thinnest building in Beirut, the photo has gone viral and surprisingly, the Twitterati has been sharing more examples of ‘revenge buildings’ in the world.

Here is the Tweet:

Twitterati shares more examples of Spite Buildings:

This one’s in Dublin:

The number of Grudge Buildings in the world is unbelievable:

Trivia share by a user:

A Twitter user recalls another sibling rivalry story from Lebanon:

As is evident from the tweets, Spite Buildings are actually a thing in the world. Reportedly, “The Grudge” building was named Al Ba’sa (in Arabic) which means The Grudge in English. An Indian Express report also states that the building allegedly came to be known as Queen Ship and one of the rooms in it was used as a brothel during the Lebanese civil war which lasted from 1975 to 1990. Well, all we can say is that we are pretty amused by this piece of news!