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

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 to Nagi Georges Zeidan, who memorialized Lebanon's Jewish community by researching its history and creating a database. Unfortunately, the last Jewish family in Sidon, the Levy family, left in the early 1980s and the synagogue was abandoned and has become…

The Legendary Palmyra Hotel In Baalbeck: Open Since 1874

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 has never closed, not for one day, since 1874. It was originally built by a Greek businessman back when Baalbeck was a renowned touristic destination and its guests include the likes of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Jean Cocteau, Jazz singers Ella…

Some Lebanese Refuse To Recognize The Armenian Genocide

4 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 ...

100 Years Already: Remember And Recognize The Armenian Genocide

4 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 ...

In Pictures: Phoenicia Hotel In Beirut From 1961 Till 2015

4 years ago
The oldest picture of Phoenicia I was able to find. It was taken before the grand opening in 1961 Phoenicia Beirut was celebrating its 50th anniversary around the same time four years ago. This majestic ...

The First Naturalized Foreign Citizen In China’s History Was Lebanese-American

4 years ago
This is a rather old story but a fascinating one and I am surprised I’ve never heard about it until now. It’s about a Lebanese-American doctor called Georges Hatem, also known as Ma Haide or ...

The New Yorker On The Myth of Baalbeck’s Megalith

4 years ago
Photo credit: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut. German Archeologists made an incredible discovery a month ago in Baalbeck when they found right next to the “Hajar Al Hibla” in Baalbeck, the world’s biggest ancient stone block. The ...

The World’s Largest Ancient Stone Block Found In Baalbeck!

5 years ago
Photo credit: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut. German Archeologists have discovered right next to the “Hajar Al Hibla” in Baalbeck, or the stone of the pregnant woman, the biggest known ancient stone block. The stone is more ...

Old Picture From Antelias

5 years ago
via Qadiman This is a picture taken back in 1958 showing American units on the Antelias shore which is almost where the Golden beach is now. I had no clue the Americans landed that far ...

20 Pictures Of Al Sa’eh Library in Tripoli Before It Got Torched

5 years ago
Picture via Natheer Halawani A lot of people haven’t unfortunately heard about this decades-old library in Tripoli up until it got torched today, so I did some research and pulled out old pictures and information ...