"Beirut -a phoenix risen from the ashes" Beirut by TheWanderingCamel

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The signs of the dreadful years of civil war are certainly still there in Beirut. Shot-up buildings, mountains of rubble, huge cleared spaces are easy to find. But the signs of recovery are just as obvious - immaculate new buildings - upmarket hotels and apartment blocks; sympathetically restored old ones; people shopping, relaxing in street cafes, taking an evening stroll along the Corniche; busy Bliss Street full of students and smart young things.

Yes, it has a feel of Mediterranean cities further west, there's no atmospheric souq to lose yourself in and ancient ruins are few and far between but there is enough of the Levant here for you to know you are still in the Middle East and Beirut is the contemporary, stylish face of the region.


  • Last visit to Beirut: May 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Wonderful page! So nice to see that the city seems to be making a comeback and the restoration is a hopeful sign. You certainly seemed to find the perfect place for a beautiful sunset!

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    One can only hope that the restoration of this lovely city continues, and that the destruction of war never happens again. India has the same problem with old synagogues and almost zero Jewish population now. Its sad.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Evocative tips on this beautiful but battered city!

  • Delia_Madalina's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Your pages about Lebanon and Beirut are enchanting and very helpful for my visit this summer. The marks of the July war must have changed the general architecture yet again. Raouche Rocks, an unforgettable image.

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2009 at 5:51 AM

    Thank you for this interesting page. But it's sad to know that since you wrote this there has been yet another war and several bombings.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Loved your views of Beirut. I especially liked reading about the mouthwatering food there. I would love to visit myself someday.

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    I would definitely like to see this city sometime.

  • Bavavia's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Great Beirut tips on things to do and see there.....!! enjoying your Lebanon pages very much!

  • Apr 16, 2008 at 12:25 AM

    A city which I knew only from the movies and history became more real with your tips. Thanks a lot. And thanks to your comment on my Kazan page.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2008 at 8:43 AM

    The picture on your intro page seems to say it all, and as always your writing is so evocative. I really like how you describe the care that has gone into preserving the record of past tragedy in the Orthodox Cathedral, for instance.

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