The Grand Aley Hotel: Built in 1926, For Sale Since 2008

This is a cool piece by Dima Karam on the Grand Aley Hotel that was built in 1926 by three brothers from a Beiruti trading family. The British Army set up their command center in WWII and then the Australian Imperial Force general who led the offensive against Syria and Lebanon used the hotel as his HQ. Following WWII, the hotel "became renowned for its evening entertainment – gambling, concerts and dancing" before it got…

15 Awesome Pictures of Tripoli’s Abandoned Railway Station

The Tripoli railway station is located in el-Mina area and is the second oldest train station in Lebanon after Riyak which began operating in 1891. Tripoli's railway station used to connect to Homs in Syria and Beirut's central station in Mar Mikhail and formed the terminus of the famous Orient Express line. The station was badly damaged during the civil war and has been closed ever since. I passed by the old railway station a…
Movies & Television

Agent 505: Death Trap Beirut (1966)

11 months ago
Agent 505: Death Trap Beirut, also known as La trappola scatta a Beirut (Italy) or Baroud à Beyrouth pour F.B.I. 505 (France) is a 1966 movie shot in Beirut and directed by Manfred R. Köhler. ...
Critiques

Garbage Crisis in Beirut Back in The Old Days

11 months ago
This is an old interview with an AUB student (Engineer) talking about a garbage crisis at the time (Not sure about the year), and asking people to wrap their garbage properly and not throw them ...
Architecture

Charles De Gaulle’s Beirut Residence is Not Getting Demolished

1 year ago
The sign on Charles De Gaulle’s Beirut residence in Mar Elias disappeared few days ago and got reported on Save Beirut Heritage’s Facebook page. There were worries that the house might get demolished but the ...
Lebanon

18 Old & Recent Pictures to Celebrate AUB’s 150th Anniversary!

1 year ago
I compiled a list of old pictures of the American University of Beirut from 1890 until today to celebrate its 150th anniversary. I found old photos from 1890, 1907, 1910, the 1920s, 1930, 1942, 1953, ...
Humor

A Scandal in Beirut in 1976–A Dream Come True in 2016

1 year ago
On January 18, 1976, Beirut experienced a major blackout for a total of 20 minutes due to the ongoing fights. A 20 minute blackout was considered a scandal at the time even though the country ...
Lebanon

Watch This Epic Dive From The Top Of Raouche Rock (Pigeon Rock)

1 year ago
This video was shared yesterday on NostalgiaLB (I love this page!) and shows an incredible dive by a war amputee called Oliver Ghorayyeb back in 1994 from the top of Raouche Rock. It’s definitely not ...
Lebanon

After 35 Years, You Will Finally Be Able To Watch (Not Just Listen) To Ziad Rahbani Plays!

1 year ago
How many of you have been listening to Ziad Rahbani plays for the past 20 years or more? How many times have you visualized the scenes in your head while listening to the plays? How ...
Architecture

The Iconic Heneine Palace In Beirut Placed on the 2016 World Monuments Fund Watch List

1 year ago
The Heinene Palace, one of Beirut’s oldest and most iconic palaces, has just been placed on the 2016 World Monuments Fund Watch List thanks to Save Beirut Heritage! The 19th century palace was built during ...
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