War Hotels: Holiday Inn #Beirut Documentary

War Hotels is a new documentary series airing on Al Jazeera and exploring stories behind iconic hotels that were used during war. The Holiday Inn Beirut has long become a symbol of the Lebanese Civil War and its shell-scarred walls till today are reminiscent of this ugly era. The hotel was described once by British artist Tom Young as "a giant tomb which remains in the centre of the city like an unresolved scar". The…

Silver Banknote 100 LBP Selling for LL800,000

I was browsing through Libanpost's website when I came across a Silver 100 Lira Banknote selling for 800,000 LBP, almost 550$. The banknote dates back to 1945 and is different from the more recent 100 Lira we're used to. I tried looking online for the 1970s Lira and found a website selling it for a whooping 60 Euros. If that's really how much people are buying it for, I should sell my 100 1 Lira…
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Lebanese TV Channels that You May Have Never Heard Of

6 months ago
If you ask me about old Lebanese TV channels that were shut down, I can think of C33 and ICN but there’s more. I came across a FB post by a friend and an old ...
History

The Story Behind This Iconic Lebanese Civil War Picture Shot 33 years Ago

8 months ago
With April 13, the remembrance day of Lebanon’s war, approaching, I found this intriguing article posted by the Guardian on a Lebanese Photographer called Maher Attar who got reunited with the one-legged mother that he ...
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Beirut’s “Green Line” Through the Eyes of Lebanese photographer Patrick Baz

8 months ago
Just like many Beirutis, war was the new normal for Lebanese Photographer Patric Baz who used live along Beirut’s Green line during the Lebanese civil war. At age 17, he picked up his father’s camera ...
Baladi

The Awesome Story Behind Moussa Castle

10 months ago
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, ...
Baladi

In Pictures: Abandoned Windsor Hotel – Aley

1 year ago
Our friend and talented photographer Jad Ghorayeb [FB] [Insta] paid a visit to yet another abandoned hotel in Lebanon, the Windsor Hotel in Aley. Hotel Windsor was built by J. and W. Takla, and officially ...
Lebanon

Pictures from the Lebanese War by Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer Bill Foley

1 year ago
I’m always on the lookout for pictures from the Lebanese Civil war and my latest finding is Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Bill Foley. I remember seeing a couple of Foley pictures online in past years but ...
History

A Saudi Warning to Lebanon from 1967

1 year ago
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 ...
History

Back when a Full Ski Day Used to Cost 25 Liras

1 year 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 ...
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