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

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 and started shooting whatever he saw and photographing people who lived along the Green line. Throughout Lebanon’s 15 year civil war, this narrow, five-mile sliver of land divided the city and separated Muslim and Christian factions. Beirut's Green line was…

The Awesome Story Behind Moussa Castle

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, Moussa Maamari passed away yesterday leaving behind a castle that has become a national landmark and one of most popular touristic sites in the Shouf area and all of Lebanon. Where is Moussa Castle located? The castle is situated in…
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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 ...
History

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 ...
History

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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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 ...
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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 ...
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 ...
Old Lebanon

Old 1957 Footage of Lebanon

1 year ago
The Lebanese Heritage FB page shared a short video of a 1957 journey by German journalists to Beirut, Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Iraq. The video shows parts of Beirut, the Cedars, Baalbeck and aerial views ...
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