Al Kassouf Grand Hotel

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, Hotel Kassouf became part of Shweir once again as Kassouf hills were ruled by Majles Shoora al Dawleh to be back under the administration of the municipality as they were 40 years ago. More pictures are available on my instagram…

Lebanon at the Disco Dance Finals in 1980

I have no idea how my friend Mark dug out this video but it's pretty cool. There was a Lebanese participant at the the 1980 Disco Dance World Finals called Henri Daou. I have no idea if this is an official competition or if Henri won but they had participants from all over the world. Jump to Minute 8:13 to watch Henri.
Baladi

In Pictures: Bechara El Khoury Abandoned Palace in Zokak el-Blat

2 years ago
Zokak el-Blat used to be one of the upper class districts in Beirut where villas and palaces were built. It was also the first area to have a paved road, hence its name. Two of ...
Baladi

Visiting The Grand Aley Hotel, Also Known As Gebaily Hotel

2 years ago
I shared a piece by the Guardian earlier this year on the The Grand Aley Hotel and how it’s been for sale since 2008 after the central bank seized the hotel. Update: The owners are ...
Art

World’s Oldest Scale Found Near Kfaraabida, North Lebanon (Via Beirut Report)

2 years ago
The world’s oldest scale beam as well as other fascinating archaeological finds are currently on display at the American University of Beirut Archaeology museum. The scale beam “dates back to the early third millennium BC ...
History

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

2 years 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 ...
Beirut

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

2 years 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 ...
History

The Legendary Palmyra Hotel In Baalbeck: Open Since 1874

3 years ago
I’ve been to Baalbeck quite a few times but I never had the chance to visit the legendary Palmyra hotel there. The hotel is one of the oldest in Lebanon, if not the oldest, and ...
Critiques

Some Lebanese Refuse To Recognize The Armenian Genocide

3 years ago
Victims of the Ottoman rule – Picture taken in Lebanon via Annahar A couple of Beiruti associations and organizations, as well as few Sunni groups in Tripoli, rejected Education Minister Elias Bou Saab’s decision “to ...
Events

100 Years Already: Remember And Recognize The Armenian Genocide

3 years ago
The above picture is the forget-me-not flower, the official emblem of the 100th year of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. The forget-me-not flower expresses the theme of eternal remembrance, and is also meant to symbolically ...
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