Visiting The Grand Aley Hotel, Also Known As Gebaily Hotel

I shared a piece by the Guardian earlier this year on the The Grand Aley Hotel and how it's been for sale since 2008 after the central bank seized the hotel. Update: The owners are currently planning the renovation project and the reopening of the grand hotel. Until then, it is not open for public but prior appointments can be made to visit the site. A good friend of mine, Jad Ghorayeb, visited the hotel…

World’s Oldest Scale Found Near Kfaraabida, North Lebanon (Via Beirut Report)

The world's oldest scale beam as well as other fascinating archaeological finds are currently on display at the American University of Beirut Archaeology museum. The scale beam "dates back to the early third millennium BC , predating those discovered elsewhere, while the location of the find at Tell Fadous-Kfraabida–believed to be a secondary Bronze Age urban settlement–may indicate that the technology was already widespread in the region at the time". Unfortunately, property owners have bulldozed…

An Enlightening Report On The Great Famine of Mount Lebanon (1915–1918)

2 months ago
The CMDR (Centre Maronite de Documentation et de Recherche) released a nice report on The Great Famine of Mount Lebanon between 1915 and 1918 that lead to the death of half of the population of ...
Saida Synagogue

It Took This Saida Resident A Decade To Realize He’s Living in a Synagogue

4 months ago
Most of the Lebanese Jews lived in Beirut but there were also communities in other cities like Saida and Tripoli. In fact, there were around 1,500 Jews living in Saida in the early 1970s according ...

Some Lebanese Refuse To Recognize The Armenian Genocide

1 year ago
Victims of the Ottoman rule – Picture taken in Lebanon via Annahar A couple of Beiruti associations and organizations, as well as few Sunni groups in Tripoli, rejected Education Minister Elias Bou Saab’s decision “to ...

100 Years Already: Remember And Recognize The Armenian Genocide

1 year ago
The above picture is the forget-me-not flower, the official emblem of the 100th year of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. The forget-me-not flower expresses the theme of eternal remembrance, and is also meant to symbolically ...

In Pictures: Phoenicia Hotel In Beirut From 1961 Till 2015

1 year ago
The oldest picture of Phoenicia I was able to find. It was taken before the grand opening in 1961 Phoenicia Beirut was celebrating its 50th anniversary around the same time four years ago. This majestic ...

The First Naturalized Foreign Citizen In China’s History Was Lebanese-American

1 year ago
This is a rather old story but a fascinating one and I am surprised I’ve never heard about it until now. It’s about a Lebanese-American doctor called Georges Hatem, also known as Ma Haide or ...

The New Yorker On The Myth of Baalbeck’s Megalith

1 year ago
Photo credit: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut. German Archeologists made an incredible discovery a month ago in Baalbeck when they found right next to the “Hajar Al Hibla” in Baalbeck, the world’s biggest ancient stone block. The ...

The World’s Largest Ancient Stone Block Found In Baalbeck!

1 year ago
Photo credit: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut. German Archeologists have discovered right next to the “Hajar Al Hibla” in Baalbeck, or the stone of the pregnant woman, the biggest known ancient stone block. The stone is more ...