Rare Footage From the Holiday Inn – Beirut 1974

I don't think I've ever seen such a lengthy video of the Holiday Inn Beirut from the 1970s while it was still intact. Akhbar Beirut shared on its Facebook page a video from the movie "The Queen & I" starring Georgina Rizk, the first and only Lebanese to claim "Miss Universe" in 1971. The Holiday Inn Beirut has long become a symbol of the Lebanese Civil War and its shell-scarred walls till today are reminiscent…

An Old Lebanese Passport From 1945

A popular passport vintage collector Instagram account shared a rare passport from the 1945-1948 era on his page. The passport was issued at the Lebanese consulate in Cairo to a Lebanese businessman named Jack Bassili. You could see from the that the passport dates back to Lebanon's independence era and has several vintage stamps on it. What's amazing is this post somehow found its way to the son of Jack Bassili, John Bassili who left…
Baladi

Lebanon’s Little Petra: The Haidara Monument – Qabb Elias

1 year ago
The first time I heard about a deer reserve in Lebanon was through Plus961 and today I learned about Haidara, also known as Lebanon’s Little Petra. The Haidara monument is located in the village of ...
History

Antonov Airplane Crash in 1977 Over Aramoun Lebanon

1 year ago
I came across this story from 1977 on LebanonArchives’ timeline and it was the first time I hear about it. An Antonov airplane departed from Varna carrying a crew of nine and tons of frozen ...
Food

Tokyo Restaurant – Beirut

2 years ago
I love discovering or reading about old gems in Beirut and I’m surprised I had never heard about Tokyo restaurant until today. In fact, I passed right next to it countless times but for some ...
History

A 1930 Railroad Map of Lebanon

2 years ago
Urban Planner & L’Orient LeJour Feature Reporter Mohamed el Chamaa shared this amazing historic map of rail links in Lebanon (via Elena Haddad, The Chain Effect co-founder). As you can see, the rails covered all ...
History

Old Pictures of Beirut From The National Library of France Archives

2 years ago
I stumbled upon today an aerial shot of Beirut’s port taken in 1929 by Fran├žois Pierre-Alype, found on the National Library of France website. I dug out the website, searched for all the Beirut-related pictures ...
Automotive

Electric Trains in Lebanon in the 1990s?

2 years ago
I stumbled upon this old piece of paper from 1994, with a whole page dedicated to Lebanon entering the era of electric trains, accompanied by a small map with all the train stops. The map ...
History

Seven Facts About Lebanon at the Olympics

2 years ago
This Facebook post inspired me to write these interesting facts about Lebanon’s participation at the Olympics throughout history. Six Lebanese athletes are currently taking part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, three women and three men. ...
Automotive

When Did The First Car Enter Lebanon?

3 years ago
Old Beirut shared a picture yesterday of the first car to enter in Lebanon, as per their claim. The car, which was brought to Lebanon in 1906 was owned by AUB President Dr. Howard Bliss ...
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