Beirut, Lebanon

by Jovana Lakic May. 15, 2020 1205 views

Following the World War II, Beirut became a popular tourist destination and financial capital, nicknamed 'the Paris of the Middle East' thanks to its French influence and vibrant cultural and intellectual life. That changed when the Civil War broke out in 1975 and ravaged the city. Beirut has been rebuilt (despite occasional violence) and is again becoming popular for tourists.

Elegant streets of city centre

Elegant streets of city centre

City centre

City centre

Greek church

Greek church

Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque

Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque

Mediterranean spirit

Mediterranean spirit

French influence

French influence

European feel

European feel

Charming

Charming

Building damaged in the Civil War

Building damaged in the Civil War

Rich heritage and variety of influnces

Rich heritage and variety of influnces

Catholic church

Catholic church

Stairs

Stairs

St.Nicholas stairs

St.Nicholas stairs

Street Art

Street Art

Building ruined in the Civil War, not a rare sight in Beirut

Building ruined in the Civil War, not a rare sight in Beirut

Mosque at night

Mosque at night

Downtown Beirut

Downtown Beirut

Posh area in Downtown Beirut

Posh area in Downtown Beirut

Downtown

Downtown

Lebanese night in December

Lebanese night in December

Downtown Beirut

Downtown Beirut

Lights

Lights

Downtown Beirut, Christmas is approaching

Downtown Beirut, Christmas is approaching

Downtown

Downtown

Beirut Corniche

Beirut Corniche

Mediterranean Sea

Mediterranean Sea

Al Rouche rocks

Al Rouche rocks

Al Rouche rocks

Al Rouche rocks

Lebanese mezze

Lebanese mezze

Mediterranean Sea

Mediterranean Sea

Lebanese Night - Chris de Burgh & Elissa

Lebanese Night

It was late in a Lebanese restaurant,
In the heat of a Lebanese night,
There was dancing, people were singing,
She came in from the garden outside,
In her eyes I saw the stars,
And I felt something happen in my heart;

Then I knew I was going to meet her,
In the heat of a Lebanese night,
And the girl inside the woman,
who came over to sit by my side,
And when she smiled the whole world stopped,
It was then I heard the echoes of a child;
And did you go to your bed with a sweet lullaby,
And the sound of the guns in the night?
And did you dance in the fields,
Did you run for your life,
From the hell that came down from the sky?
On a Lebanese night, on a Lebanese night;
We went down to the edge of the water,
By the light of a Lebanese dawn,
And she told me all…

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Piotr Buraczewski 1 year, 5 months ago

Very interesting post. Lebanon is often a missed tourist destination due to the memories from the past. I have never been there, high time I took a week off and hopped on a plane.

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Jovana Lakic Replied to Piotr Buraczewski 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanks. I was there for a wedding that time and had some time to wonder around, it deserves more time to see everything in details. I would like to see Jordan and Israel, that is on the bucket list from that region.

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