How Beirut Martyrs Square Looked in 1995

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 two major buildings that remain untouched till today are Burj el Murr and the bullet-scarred Holiday Inn Hotel. PS: I'm gonna try dig out old Beirut pictures from 1995 and compare them with recent pictures.

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

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 Dahab is 76 years old but he's still an active cyclist and exercises everyday for 30 minutes in his small shop according to the post. Picture via Mohamad Cheblak Tarek Abou el Dahab is also a Lebanese Olympian. He began…
History

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

8 months 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 ...
Lebanon

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

9 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

9 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)

10 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. ...
Beirut

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

10 months 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 ...
Architecture

The Grand Aley Hotel: Built in 1926, For Sale Since 2008

11 months ago
This is a cool piece by Dima Karam (The Guardian) on the Grand Aley Hotel that was built in 1926 by three brothers from a Beiruti trading family. The British Army set up their command ...
Old Lebanon

15 Awesome Pictures of Tripoli’s Abandoned Railway Station

1 year ago
The Tripoli railway station is located in el-Mina area and is the second oldest train station in Lebanon after Riyak which began operating in 1891. Tripoli’s railway station used to connect to Homs in Syria ...
Movies & Television

Agent 505: Death Trap Beirut (1966)

1 year ago
Agent 505: Death Trap Beirut, also known as La trappola scatta a Beirut (Italy) or Baroud à Beyrouth pour F.B.I. 505 (France) is a 1966 movie shot in Beirut and directed by Manfred R. Köhler. ...
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