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"Sahet an-Nejmeh" Beirut Things to Do Tip by mikey_e

Beirut Things to Do: 250 reviews and 494 photos

  Sahet an-Nejmeh
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  • Sahet an-Nejmeh - Beirut
      Sahet an-Nejmeh
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  • The famous clock tower - Beirut
      The famous clock tower
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  • Inscription on the clock - Beirut
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Sahet an-Nejmeh, or Star Square, is the heart of Downtown Beirut. It is marked by a large clock tower in the centre of the square, at which you are likely to find a few soldiers hanging around, chatting with girls or their guy friends. This is part of the reconstructed section of the Downtown, and is intended to be a showcase of the way that Beirut has rejuvenated itself after the Civil War and is prepared for the influx of tourists that should be coming to see the city. The area around the square is packed with restaurants and cafés, but you should be wary of the fact that many of these are designed to bilk the thousands of Turkish and other European tourists who come to the country with hard cash. There are a few good restaurants in the area, but they are generally not right on the square. Still, it is a great place for people-watching, as the square and its clock (offered to the city by Michel Abed in 1933) are hangout spots for young Lebanese looking to enjoy their evenings.

Address: Sahet an-Nejmeh
Directions: Right downtown

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  • Written Jan 6, 2011
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