Awesome Shots from The Egg – Beirut

The Egg was built in 1966 by Lebanese architect Joseph Philip Karam. It was one part of a modernist set of buildings, a sort of multi-user complex including an egg-spaced shell and two high towers with spaces for leisure and offices. The egg-shaped cinema was designed to hold 1,000 seats and is 24 meters wide and 11 meters high. Only one tower was finished but it was destroyed during the Civil War and the Egg…

LAU Translates Oldest Book About #Beirut Into French, English & Arabic

Back in January, I was invited to attend a special event at the Center for Lebanese Heritage at LAU where a translation of the very first book to be printed about Beirut was launched. Berytus or the Metropolis of Berytus – published in Latin as early as 1662 by the German jurist Johann Strauch – has now been released by CLH in French, English and Arabic, along with a facsimile of the original, as one…
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Remembering Dr. Charles H. Malik

3 years ago
Charles Habib Malik was a Lebanese Academic, philosopher and more importantly Lebanon’s first ambassador to the UN who helped, “more than any other delegate, helped railroad the Declaration to adoption without a single dissenting vote ...
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War Hotels: Holiday Inn #Beirut Documentary

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

4 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 ...
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The Awesome Story Behind Moussa Castle

4 years 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

4 years 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

4 years 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

4 years 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

4 years 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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