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

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 Lamartine* "surpasses in elegance, grace and nobility all that I have ever seen of its kind; It may be compared only to one of our most marvelous Gothic castles of the Middle Ages". The 19th century poet went on to…

A Dive From The Top Of Raouche Back in 1983

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 video is taken from a 1983 Lebanese movie called "عودة البطل" where a stuntman called Mohammad Itani dove from the top instead of the actor Mohammad Mawla. According to NostalgiaLB, Itani was used to jumping off the Pigeon Rock. He…
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. ...
Beirut

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

7 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

8 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

9 months 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)

10 months 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. ...
Critiques

Garbage Crisis in Beirut Back in The Old Days

10 months ago
This is an old interview with an AUB student (Engineer) talking about a garbage crisis at the time (Not sure about the year), and asking people to wrap their garbage properly and not throw them ...
Architecture

Charles De Gaulle’s Beirut Residence is Not Getting Demolished

11 months ago
The sign on Charles De Gaulle’s Beirut residence in Mar Elias disappeared few days ago and got reported on Save Beirut Heritage’s Facebook page. There were worries that the house might get demolished but the ...
Lebanon

18 Old & Recent Pictures to Celebrate AUB’s 150th Anniversary!

1 year ago
I compiled a list of old pictures of the American University of Beirut from 1890 until today to celebrate its 150th anniversary. I found old photos from 1890, 1907, 1910, the 1920s, 1930, 1942, 1953, ...
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