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

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 the most notable palaces in the area are the Heneine Palace and Bechara El Khoury's palace. We paid a visit to Bechara El Khoury's palace few days ago and took some pictures from inside the 19th century mansion. The palace…

Visiting The Grand Aley Hotel, Also Known As Gebaily Hotel

I shared a piece by the Guardian earlier this year on the The Grand Aley Hotel and how it's been for sale since 2008 after the central bank seized the hotel. Update: The owners are currently planning the renovation project and the reopening of the grand hotel. Until then, it is not open for public but prior appointments can be made to visit the site. A good friend of mine, Jad Ghorayeb, visited the hotel…
Art

World’s Oldest Scale Found Near Kfaraabida, North Lebanon (Via Beirut Report)

1 year ago
The world’s oldest scale beam as well as other fascinating archaeological finds are currently on display at the American University of Beirut Archaeology museum. The scale beam “dates back to the early third millennium BC ...
History

An Enlightening Report On The Great Famine of Mount Lebanon (1915–1918)

1 year ago
The CMDR (Centre Maronite de Documentation et de Recherche) released a nice report on The Great Famine of Mount Lebanon between 1915 and 1918 that lead to the death of half of the population of ...
Beirut

It Took This Saida Resident A Decade To Realize He’s Living in a Synagogue

2 years ago
Most of the Lebanese Jews lived in Beirut but there were also communities in other cities like Saida and Tripoli. In fact, there were around 1,500 Jews living in Saida in the early 1970s according ...
History

The Legendary Palmyra Hotel In Baalbeck: Open Since 1874

2 years ago
I’ve been to Baalbeck quite a few times but I never had the chance to visit the legendary Palmyra hotel there. The hotel is one of the oldest in Lebanon, if not the oldest, and ...
Critiques

Some Lebanese Refuse To Recognize The Armenian Genocide

3 years ago
Victims of the Ottoman rule – Picture taken in Lebanon via Annahar A couple of Beiruti associations and organizations, as well as few Sunni groups in Tripoli, rejected Education Minister Elias Bou Saab’s decision “to ...
Events

100 Years Already: Remember And Recognize The Armenian Genocide

3 years ago
The above picture is the forget-me-not flower, the official emblem of the 100th year of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. The forget-me-not flower expresses the theme of eternal remembrance, and is also meant to symbolically ...
Beirut

In Pictures: Phoenicia Hotel In Beirut From 1961 Till 2015

3 years ago
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 ...
Baladi

The First Naturalized Foreign Citizen In China’s History Was Lebanese-American

3 years ago
This is a rather old story but a fascinating one and I am surprised I’ve never heard about it until now. It’s about a Lebanese-American doctor called Georges Hatem, also known as Ma Haide or ...
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