Beirut at Night © Ahmad Moussaoui
Capital of Lebanon, Beirut is a surprisingly
beautiful city and home to a multicultural society. White roses sit
in the bullet holes of statues in Martyrs Square, a reminder of the
dividing lines and meeting points of the city's tumultuous past and
Beirut is in the flings of an architectural and
social renaissance, slowly re-establishing and renewing its
reputation as the Paris of the Middle East. The call of the Muezzin
rings alongside the sounds of indie rock gigs in bars that spill
into the streets.
Curiosity, learning, and growing among strong
cultural legacies is all part of living in the city. The
architecture reflects its history, a blend of French colonial
buildings and religious structures sprinkled between modern
skyscrapers and apartment buildings.
Ashrafieh is the focal point of Western culture in
the city. Hamra is home to an abundance of shops and restaurants,
while Centre Ville is the city's central business district and one
of the oldest parts of the city. Manara and Jnah are home to hotels
and beach clubs, and Ramlet el Baida features the only public beach
The city isn't left untouched by recent terrorist
activity. Tragically, Beirut suffered devastating twin suicide
bombings the day before the Paris attack in November 2015. While
the city has weathered the storm, tourists are advised to be
cautious and wary of travel and consular warnings.
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