Liza Srour, The Last Remaining Jew in Beirut

Vice recently published an interview with Liza Srour, the last Jew residing in Wadi Bou Jmil in Beirut. I've read several articles on this woman and how Beirut’s Jewish quarter evolve from a thriving 100,000-person community to less than 50 registered “closeted” Jews today. Liza still lives in the old Jewish quarter in a run-down building set to be demolished, few meters away from the Serail. Most of the houses around her that were once…

Street Bike Stunts – Beirut 1979

If you've ever wondered about the origins of the modern "Zouzou Ebba", check out this 1979 video shot in Beirut with bikers pulling some crazy stunts. Zero security measures, zero safety and the bikers are not even wearing a helmet. I'm not sure about the location but this looks like Ramlet el Baida. It's good to know not much has changed. A couple of years ago, we had a similar reckless event called "Beirut Grand…
Old Lebanon

Silver Banknote 100 LBP Selling for LL800,000

9 months ago
I was browsing through Libanpost’s website when I came across a Silver 100 Lira Banknote selling for 800,000 LBP, almost 550$. The banknote dates back to 1945 and is different from the more recent 100 ...
Fun

Lebanese TV Channels that You May Have Never Heard Of

1 year ago
If you ask me about old Lebanese TV channels that were shut down, I can think of C33 and ICN but there’s more. I came across a FB post by a friend and an old ...
Fun

Beirut’s “Green Line” Through the Eyes of Lebanese photographer Patrick Baz

1 year ago
Just like many Beirutis, war was the new normal for Lebanese Photographer Patric Baz who used live along Beirut’s Green line during the Lebanese civil war. At age 17, he picked up his father’s camera ...
Baladi

In Pictures: Abandoned Windsor Hotel – Aley

1 year ago
Our friend and talented photographer Jad Ghorayeb [FB] [Insta] paid a visit to yet another abandoned hotel in Lebanon, the Windsor Hotel in Aley. Hotel Windsor was built by J. and W. Takla, and officially ...
Lebanon

Pictures from the Lebanese War by Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer Bill Foley

1 year ago
I’m always on the lookout for pictures from the Lebanese Civil war and my latest finding is Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Bill Foley. I remember seeing a couple of Foley pictures online in past years but ...
Baladi

When Louis Armstrong Visited Beirut in 1959

1 year ago
Famous American trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong, who’s considered as one of the finest jazz musicians of all time, apparently visited Beirut in 1959 and performed at the UNESCO Theater. Armstrong was on a Middle ...
Baladi

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 ...
Baladi

In Pictures: Abandoned Amriyeh Hotel

1 year ago
Amriyeh Hotel was once one of Lebanon’s biggest hotels and a touristic hot spot. It was owned by Kayssar Amer and had its own theater and cinema. The hotel was located at Bekfaya’s entrance on ...
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