In Pictures: Phoenicia Hotel In Beirut From 1961 Till 2015

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 landmark at the heart of Beirut was inaugurated back in 1961 by the Lebanese businessman Najib Salha and was one of the best hotels in the whole area. The hotel was a victim of the Lebanese civil war and had…

The First Lebanese Car

via RaniaelKhatib I don't know how accurate this poster is but Lissan Al Hal was a daily Lebanese newspaper that was established by Khalil Sarkis in the 1870s and is considered as one of the oldest Lebanese publications. This 1960 article is entitled "The First Lebanese Car" and talks about a small vehicle that was built using American parts by Younes Motors in Lebanon. It would be interesting to know if this same Younes Motors…
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An Old Martyrs Square Monument That Was Removed In 1950s

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Update (19 March 2015):: Here’s a small french text I found about the monument “Le groupe en bronze sculpté par un italien du nom de Mazzucati a pris la place du monument en pierre de ...
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Lebanon

Rare Footage From 1941 Of Lebanon’s Ski School In The Cedars

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Old Picture of British Troops in the Cedars Back In the 1940s – via Old Beirut Check out this pretty cool footage from 1941 that was shot by the Australian Imperial Forces in the Cedars. ...
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How Russia Responded To The Kidnapping of Four Soviet Diplomats In Beirut In 1985

1 year ago
A friend was showing me a post on 9gag about kidnapped Soviets in Beirut and how Russia’s counter-terrorism Alpha Group handled the situation. I’ve read a lot about kidnappings, specially from the PLO, in the ...
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Beirut

Fairouz Old House In Beirut To Become A Museum

1 year ago
The old Beiruti house Fairouz grew up in won’t be demolished and turned into a skyscraper. Instead the municipality of Beirut will take over the house and turn it into a museum to honor Fairouz’s ...
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Lebanon

Lou3bat al Nissa2 Old Lebanese Movie Trailer

1 year ago
Update: Here’s a [link] to the full video. Chawki Matta, Houwayda, Rafic Najem and Madeleine Tabbar are in that movie. I saw somewhere in the comments that the guy singing at the end is Sami ...
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Lebanon

A 1976 Charlie Hebdo Cartoon About Lebanon

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This cartoon was published on the 19th of August 1976 by the French satirical magazine. It translates to “Seedy people knife themselves. Rich people are in Côte d’Azur”. I found this cartoon [here] and I ...
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When It Snowed In Beirut In 1920

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This picture was shared on Old Beirut today and shows Beirut covered in snow back in February 1920. Apparently there was an old saying for people who were born in that year in Beirut that ...
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Alexander The Great’s Siege of The Unconquerable Lebanese City Of Tyre

1 year ago
I was reading an article about the 5 ancient acts of war that changed the face of the earth and the Great Alexander’s siege of Tyre was mentioned among them, so I decided to dig ...
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