Category Archives: Photography

Week23: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Maison Rose Maison Rose – By Georgeper

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sunset222 Putting the sun to sleep – by Hassanhakkani

mreisseain Ain el Mreisse by night – by Sacha el Aref

Foul Foul Option Van

dog Youki and his red car – By Joe_e

Coffee Coffee anyone? By KarlSader

Week22: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Zahle Stunning Zahle by charbolography

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chezmaguz Chez Maguy in Amchit by insta_jenn

yasou3 Gorgeous sunset by Plus961

qadisha Valley of the Saints or Qadisha – by Charbel Bouez

maamoul Lots and lots of Maamoul – by KarenOgeil

harissa Our Lady of Harissa

from the sky From the sky – by charbolography

easter Happy Easter – by restaurantamar

In Pictures: Phoenicia Hotel In Beirut From 1961 Till 2015

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Under construction 1961 phoenicia 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 (if not the best) hotels in the whole area. The hotel was a victim of the Lebanese civil war and had to close down for almost 25 years before it reopened back in 2000. Throughout this post, I traced back Phoenicia’s history in pictures from the glorious 1960s, the dark era between 1975 and 1990 followed by the reopening in 2000, Hariri’s bombing in 2005 and the revamp completed in 2011. I finally added a picture from 2013 and a recent photo I took 2 weeks ago.

Throughout the years, Phoenicia has appeared in numerous movies including the 1965 Mickey Rooney film Twenty-Four Hours to Kill in 1965, Agent 505- Todesfalle Beirut in 1966, Circle of Deveit in 1981, Je Veux Voir / Badeh Shouf with Catherine Deneuve in 2008. The famous Rock band Scorpions shot their song “When you came into my life” in Phoenicia as well.

opening 1961s Picture taken at the grand opening – via Phoenicia website

inaugurated 1964 Another picture from 1964 – via Levantium

1950s Addition of the Roman Tower in 1967

1960s Aerial view of Beirut showing Phoenicia Hotel and the Roman Tower- Taken in the 1960s

1960sview Pictures from the 1960s showing the pool, Mosaic restaurant and a rendering of the hotel – Source

1974 Aerial view of Phoenicia in 1974 – via OldBeirut

aerial22 Another aerial view taken in the 1970s

Mosaic insidie 1970s Mosaic in the 1970s – Quite amazing how it still looks the same

The hotel unfortunately turned into a battlefield during the civil war and had to close down for almost 25 years. The below 3 pictures are the only ones I was able to find that show the damages inside the iconic Phoenicia hotel. Via hoteliermiddleeast

1997 pool

Damage

Hotel in 1975 1976

Phoenicia Hotel finally reopened in March 2000 with the addition of a third tower. 2000 was also the year I graduated from school and we were the first school to hold a prom night at Phoenicia, a night I’ll never forget!

2004

In 2005, Phoenicia was damaged in the 2005 bombing assassination of Rafik Hariri and had to close down for 3 months. One of my friends who happened to be there that the bombing shattered all the hotel’s windows.

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Phoenicia celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011 after a $50 million revamp was completed.

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Here are the most recent pictures of Phoenicia taken in 2013 and 2015.

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Week21: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Marj Tarchich by Sacha el Aref

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lol Chou ya Ashta? By ItsGeorge

Surfing Surfing in Lebanon – by Elio

Jezzine Beautiful Jezzine Waterfalls – by Ayamhanna

Hammana Spring time in Hammana – by Sacha Al Aref

Chabrou7 Chabrouh dam – by m_kay

Cha3nine Happy Palm Sunday (Cha3neene) – By Antoniohab

Week20: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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AUB LiveLoveAUB By Ragheb

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Sioufi Green Beiruti house by Inesbey

Eclipse A cool shot of the partial solar eclipse – by Samarhitti

Baskinta Baskinta by elias

Anfeh Angry waves at Enfeh – by JubranElias

Amchit2 Amchit sunset by Nareg

Amchit Jbeil – Amchit from the sky by SleimanCharbel

Week18: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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above the clouds Above The Clouds in Baskinta – by AnthonyFleyhan

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bree2 Drinking water the Lebanese way – by Karliseverywhere

cedars Generations come and go, cedars are here to stay – by Lina Hassoun

Qaraoun Hard to believe but this is in Lebanon – Qaraoun by Areej

Rmeil Rmeil street art by Dihzahyners – Picture by Catkhoury

summer Bye bye winter – Picture by Elio

teleferique Teleferique ride never gets old – Picture by Polsamuel

Week14: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Barouk Arz Barouk Cedars by RogerGaspar

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Harissa On top of Harissa – by AntoineMenassa

oval aub I miss the Oval! Picture by Sarahabouraad

smile raindbow Smile Lebanon – By Ibrahim Smidi

snow moon Take me to the moon – by Haigmelikian who dedicated it to the memory of Melanie Freiha

tannourine Balou3 Tannourine – By Hady Semaan

Week13: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Raouche Look for the boat – Picture by Natalia Ladki

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wine Best time for a bottle of wine – Picture by Micharamia

snow Enjoying the snow while it lasts – Picture by NajahRechmani

happyj It’s almost Monday – Mabsout? Picture by JPFares

Baskinta Baskinta – Picture by Antony