The Awesome Story Behind Moussa Castle

Even though I've been to Moussa Castle several times, I had no idea that the man who built it was still alive and for some reason never had the curiosity to look him up. Unfortunately, Moussa Maamari passed away yesterday leaving behind a castle that has become a national landmark and one of most popular touristic sites in the Shouf area and all of Lebanon. Where is Moussa Castle located? The castle is situated in…

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…

Back when a Full Ski Day Used to Cost 25 Liras

4 months 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 ...

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

6 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 ...

Present-day Lebanese Descendants of Biblical Canaanites

7 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 ...

Baalbeck’s Megalithic Stone Blocks: Ancient Engineering or Aliens?

9 months ago
I spent my Sunday morning reading about Baalbeck’s massive stone blocks and how no one has figured out yet how Romans were able to cut with such precision a 3,000 ton stone, why and how ...

Independence Parade – Lebanon 1971

10 months ago
We had more warplanes and helicopters back in 1971 than we currently have now. Unfortunately, the 12 Mirages that we got from France were never really used due to lack of funds and later sold ...

Al Kassouf Grand Hotel

1 year ago
Check out these beautiful shots that I took from inside the iconic Al Kassouf Hotel in Shweir, which was built in the 1930s and damaged during the war. According to a 2013 post on, ...

Lebanon at the Disco Dance Finals in 1980

1 year ago
I have no idea how my friend Mark dug out this video but it’s pretty cool. There was a Lebanese participant at the the 1980 Disco Dance World Finals called Henri Daou. I have no ...

In Pictures: Bechara El Khoury Abandoned Palace in Zokak el-Blat

1 year ago
Zokak el-Blat used to be one of the upper class districts in Beirut where villas and palaces were built. It was also the first area to have a paved road, hence its name. Two of ...