Back in 1963, there was a tramway that passed right in front of the American University of Beirut. I found some old footage a while ago that you can see [here]. I always thought Bliss Street should be a car-free street and I hope this happens one day.
PS: It doesn’t look like they are taking good care of the tree as it has considerably shrunk.
Unfortunately, the slogan “Where East meets West” no longer applies.
Picture taken in September 2014
Picture taken in the 70s from Teleferique Lebanon
Picture taken from Teleferique Lebanon
I doubt that we will ever see trains again in Lebanon. Check out some really cool pictures of Riyak train station [Here].
This is a picture taken back in 1958 showing American units on the Antelias shore which is almost where the Golden beach is now. I had no clue the Americans landed that far from Beirut during the 1958 invasion.
Beirut in the 1970s via OldBeirut
Nice find by Gino!
By Wagner & Debes
This is an amazing map of Beirut from 1911, showing various places as they looked like at the break of the 19th and 20th centuries and shortly after the World War I. For those interested, the map is available for download in high-res and you can even have a printed copy delivered to you.
Le spie uccidono a Beirut (Also known as Secret Agent Fireball), which means The spies Kill In Beirut, is a 1965 Italian spy movie that is inspired by the James Bond series and was filmed in Italy, Beirut, Germany and Paris in France. Richard Harrison stars in this movie as agent Bob Fleming 077. I found the whole thing on YouTube and went through it quickly to find the scenes filmed in Beirut.
I would have watched the whole movie but I only found the Italian version online. Le Spie Uccidono A Beirut is rated 5.5/10 on IMDb.
Pierre Gemayel was back then the captain of the Lebanese football team and the president of the Lebanese Football federation. Kheireddine Al-Ahdab was the first Sunnite Prime Minister in Lebanon.
Picture taken from Kheireddine El-Ahdab