Al Kassouf Grand Hotel

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 Shweir.com, Hotel Kassouf became part of Shweir once again as Kassouf hills were ruled by Majles Shoora al Dawleh to be back under the administration of the municipality as they were 40 years ago. More pictures are available on my instagram…

Lebanon at the Disco Dance Finals in 1980

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 idea if this is an official competition or if Henri won but they had participants from all over the world. Jump to Minute 8:13 to watch Henri.
Baladi

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

2 months 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 ...
Baladi

Visiting The Grand Aley Hotel, Also Known As Gebaily Hotel

3 months ago
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 ...
Lebanon

Meet The Lebanese Rambo

3 months ago
Here’s an fun interview from 1985 with a Lebanese Rambo look-alike. There is a striking resemblance between him and the real Rambo. I love how he’s out there emptying his clips and firing RPGs in ...
Beirut

How Beirut Martyrs Square Looked in 1995

5 months ago
Here’s a rare video shared by Old Beirut of Martyrs Square and its surrounding back in 1995. Saifi village, Al Amin Mosque, Virgin Megastore and several other buildings weren’t built yet. I think the only ...
Baladi

Meet Tarek Abou Al Dahab: Former Lebanese Cyclist Champion & Olympic Athlete in 1968 and 1972

5 months ago
A Facebook post caught my attention last week about a former racing cyclist in Beirut called Abou el Dahab who runs his own bicycle shop with his son Osama in Zarif in Beirut. Abou el ...
Lebanon

8 Stunning Pictures From Inside Lamartine/ Mezher’s Palace, Hammana

5 months ago
The famous Mezher palace located in Hammana and overlooking the valley was once the residence of the famous French poet and statesman Alphonse de Lamartine. The Mezher palace was dubbed the Poet’s dream and quoting ...
Movies & Television

A Dive From The Top Of Raouche Back in 1983

6 months ago
There are very few documented jumps from the Raouche rock but apparently it was quite common back in the old days and people would do it to show off not to commit suicide. The below ...
Lebanon

Rare Beirut Pictures From The UNEF’s Diary (1965-1966)

6 months ago
UNEF (United Nations Emergency Force) Captain Gord Jenkins stayed in Beirut between 1965 and 1966 and kept a diary of his stay with his wife Jan which includes a lot of awesome and rare pictures. ...
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