Pictures from the Lebanese War by Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer Bill Foley

I'm always on the lookout for pictures from the Lebanese Civil war and my latest finding is Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Bill Foley. I remember seeing a couple of Foley pictures online in past years but I never looked at his website for some reason. Foley's work was included in a number of books and was shown in museums and galleries in New York, Cairo, Beirut and numerous cities in Europe. Foley's portfolio includes three albums…

A Saudi Warning to Lebanon from 1967

OldBeyrouth shared yesterday an excerpt from an article published in 1967 depicting the reactions of Lebanese officials following a Saudi warning. The warning apparently came after a Lebanese newspapers attacked the Kingdom but the Lebanese government issued an official statement back then refusing the warning and asking KSA to respect Lebanon's stances, and added that they cannot forbid newspapers from sharing opinions as long as they abide by the set rules. Fifty years later, we're…
History

Back when a Full Ski Day Used to Cost 25 Liras

3 weeks ago
I found this old poster on Save Beirut Heritage’s FB page taken from the Daily Star and it dates back to January 15 1966. The poster is by Kurban Tours (not sure if it’s the ...
Baladi

When Louis Armstrong Visited Beirut in 1959

1 month ago
Famous American trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong, who’s considered as one of the finest jazz musicians of all time, apparently visited Beirut in 1959 and performed at the UNESCO Theater. Armstrong was on a Middle ...
Baladi

In Pictures: Ibrahim Shaker Palace – Ras Al Jabal / Aley

2 months ago
Saudi business magnate Ibrahim Shaker had his villa built in one of the most strategic locations in Aley in the 1950s. Shaker was a business pioneer in Saudi Arabia and a member of the Administrative ...
Baladi

In Pictures: Abandoned Amriyeh Hotel

2 months ago
Amriyeh Hotel was once one of Lebanon’s biggest hotels and a touristic hot spot. It was owned by Kayssar Amer and had its own theater and cinema. The hotel was located at Bekfaya’s entrance on ...
Old Lebanon

Old 1957 Footage of Lebanon

2 months ago
The Lebanese Heritage FB page shared a short video of a 1957 journey by German journalists to Beirut, Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Iraq. The video shows parts of Beirut, the Cedars, Baalbeck and aerial views ...
Architecture

In Pictures: Abandoned Beidas Villa – Bhamdoun

3 months ago
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, ...
Architecture

The Egg is not Getting Demolished (For Now)

3 months ago
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 ...
Baladi

Present-day Lebanese Descendants of Biblical Canaanites

3 months ago
A recent paper entitled “Continuity and Admixture in the Last Five Millennia of Levantine History from Ancient Canaanite and Present-Day Lebanese Genome Sequences” has proven that more “than 90 percent of the genetic ancestry of ...
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