In Pictures: Abandoned Beidas Villa – Bhamdoun

Our friend Jad Ghorayeb paid a visit to the Beidas Villa in Bhamdoun this past weekend and shared those awesome shots of the abandoned villa. The owner was a Palestinian Lebanese banker called Yousef Beidas, founder and chairman of Intra Bank. Intra Bank was the largest financial institution in Lebanon until its collapse in 1966. The collapse was dubbed one of the most disastrous financial collapses in Lebanon's history and "brought the Lebanese economy to…

The Egg is not Getting Demolished (For Now)

An old post from 2011 has somehow re-emerged online where the author is claiming that "the beloved egg-shaped landmark on Martyr's Square is scheduled to be demolished in the coming days". Needless to say, The Egg or the Dome wasn't demolished back then and there are still no official plans to demolish it anytime soon. However, "Solidere had plans since 2004 to demolish the structure straight away and when the way the land was sold…
History

Independence Parade – Lebanon 1971

3 months ago
We had more warplanes and helicopters back in 1971 than we currently have now. Unfortunately, the 12 Mirages that we got from France were never really used due to lack of funds and later sold ...
Fun

A Nice Compilation of #OldLebanon Pictures

3 months ago
How did Beirut, Tyre, Jounieh, Taanayel, Beqaa, Tripoli, Nahr el Kalb, Dahr el Baydar, Baalbeck, Bekfaya and many other regions in Lebanon look like between the 1950s and 70s? I just stumbled upon this beautiful ...
Fun

A Lebanese Wedding From The 1960s

4 months ago
The Lebanese Heritage shared an old footage showing a Lebanese wedding from the 1960s. No doomsday Zaffe, no dancing floor, no fireworks, no drones, no Ali el Deek, no first dance, no “You can leave ...
Architecture

Pictures of The “Laziza Grande Brasserie du Levant” Before it Gets Demolished

4 months ago
The Laziza brewery (“Laziza Grande Brasserie du Levant”), which was established in the early 1930s and closed in 2003 is getting demolished to make way for a new project called “Mar Mikhael Village” by renowned ...
Advertising

Superjus Ad – 1975

5 months ago
Hot (Lebanese?) girls in bikinis tanning and drinking Superjus. I wonder how will people perceive such an ad if it was done nowadays? Funnily enough, I was checking the comments on OldBeirut’s FB page and ...
Baladi

Al Kassouf Grand Hotel

7 months ago
Check out these beautiful shots that I took from inside the iconic Al Kassouf Hotel in Shweir, which was built in the 1930s and damaged during the war. According to a 2013 post on Shweir.com, ...
History

Lebanon at the Disco Dance Finals in 1980

9 months ago
I have no idea how my friend Mark dug out this video but it’s pretty cool. There was a Lebanese participant at the the 1980 Disco Dance World Finals called Henri Daou. I have no ...
Baladi

In Pictures: Bechara El Khoury Abandoned Palace in Zokak el-Blat

9 months ago
Zokak el-Blat used to be one of the upper class districts in Beirut where villas and palaces were built. It was also the first area to have a paved road, hence its name. Two of ...
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