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…

The Story Behind This Iconic Lebanese Civil War Picture Shot 33 years 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 took a picture of during the Civil War and that made it to the front of the New York Times "capturing Lebanon’s disintegration like few other images in the 15-year conflict and launched his career". It's a very powerful image…
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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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In Pictures: Ibrahim Shaker Palace – Ras Al Jabal / Aley

1 year ago
Saudi business magnate Ibrahim Shaker had his villa built in one of the most strategic locations in Aley in the 1950s. Shaker was a business pioneer in Saudi Arabia and a member of the Administrative ...
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Present-day Lebanese Descendants of Biblical Canaanites

1 year ago
A recent paper entitled “Continuity and Admixture in the Last Five Millennia of Levantine History from Ancient Canaanite and Present-Day Lebanese Genome Sequences” has proven that more “than 90 percent of the genetic ancestry of ...
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Baalbeck’s Megalithic Stone Blocks: Ancient Engineering or Aliens?

1 year ago
I spent my Sunday morning reading about Baalbeck’s massive stone blocks and how no one has figured out yet how Romans were able to cut with such precision a 3,000 ton stone, why and how ...
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Independence Parade – Lebanon 1971

1 year ago
We had more warplanes and helicopters back in 1971 than we currently have now. Unfortunately, the 12 Mirages that we got from France were never really used due to lack of funds and later sold ...
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Al Kassouf Grand Hotel

1 year ago
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, ...
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