A 1930 Railroad Map of Lebanon

Urban Planner & L'Orient LeJour Feature Reporter Mohamed el Chamaa shared this amazing historic map of rail links in Lebanon . As you can see, the rails covered all of Lebanon and included a direct line to Damascus through Rayak. The last trip from Beirut to the Syrian border was back in 1976, according to Assaad Namrud, who drove the train on that line. Unfortunately, the Lebanese authorities still have no plans to invest in…

Carl Bechstein Foundation Donates 16 Pianos To The Beirut National Conservatory

The Carl Bechstein Foundation has gifted the Beirut National Conservatory six grand pianos and ten uprights valued at over 300,000 Euros, in an attempt to help the Conservatory resume its lessons, following the damages caused by the August 2020 explosion. Walid Moussallem, the President of the National Conservatory described the gift as an invaluable one "that will now be part of our history and our musical culture, and gives us hope and joy at a…

Energy Minister Promises Electricity 24/7 by 2025/2026

Twelve years ago, we were promised 24/7 electricity by Lebanon's energy minister at the time Gebran Bassil, but we all know how that went. This week, Energy Minister Walid Fayyad mentioned during an interview with Al-Manar that we should expect 24/7 electricity by 2025 or 2026 if all parties commit to his proposed plan. Until then, we will get 8 to 10 hours of electricity by Spring 2022 and 16 to 18 hours of electricity…

A 3D Recreation Of The Egg Building in Beirut

The "Egg" building is one of Beirut's most iconic landmarks. It was built in 1966 by Lebanese architect Joseph Philip Karam and was part of a multi-user complex including an egg-spaced shell and two high towers with spaces for leisure and offices. Only one tower was completed but it got destroyed during the Civil war and the Egg-shaped cinema is the only structure left standing there. Beirut Heritage shared recently a 3D recreation of the…
Lebanon

Health Ministry’s PASS Platform is Compromised

3 months ago
Earlier in December, SMEX as well as several online activists raised doubts regarding the security measures taken to protect the data being captured on the Health Ministry’s MOPH Pass platform. As it appears, the platform ...
History

Old Pictures of Beirut From The National Library of France Archives

3 months ago
I stumbled upon today an aerial shot of Beirut’s port taken in 1929 by Fran├žois Pierre-Alype, found on the National Library of France website. I dug out the website, searched for all the Beirut-related pictures ...
Art

The National Library Officially Reopens (Again)

3 months ago
The National Library was officially reopened in 2018 after 39 years but it had to be closed once again following the damages caused by the 2020 Beirut blast. Qatar had already sponsored the efforts to ...
Information

215,563 Lebanese Left the Country Since 2017

3 months ago
According to the latest report published by Information International, more than 215,000 individuals have immigrated/traveled from Lebanon between 2017 and 2021, including 79,134 last year alone. The statistics are based on on data provided by ...
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