A Tale of Two Cities: Beirut

Collection with 38 media items created by TTM Contributor 12

25 Oct 2014 08:38

The Lebanese capital Beirut was once known as the Paris of the Middle East before the outbreak of the 1975-1990 Lebanese Civil War. Residents from more conservative countries of the Arab world flocked into the city for its extravagant nightlife and relaxed grip on public behavior.

Even as some parts of the city have become conservative, Beirut still offers some of the best places for partying and hedonism in the Middle East. Lavish nightclubs and bars can be found only a few hundred meters away from churches and mosques, and many people frequent both venues. Luxurious high rise condominium developments tower over impoverished slums and refugee camps and Lamborghinis share the streets with child beggars. Dress codes for women are relaxed and diversified, with both miniskirts and hijabs commonplace. While the fifteen year civil war may have irreversibly scarred the city, its spirit and character endure in the face never ending challenges.

Beirut Lebanon Society Women Men Streets Nightclubs Dancing Woman Seafront Promenade Corniche Short Outfits Beach Drinking Praying

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Oct 2014

The Samir Assir monument facing the mosque of Prince Mansur Assaf, also known as the 'Sarai Mosque' because it is very close to the Sairai of the Emir Assaf, who's castle was close to the site. In this mosque they found Ottoman writings from the year 1908 (1306 in the Islamic calendar).

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Oct 2014

The interior of Beirut Souks in Downtown Beirut. The old Ottoman market has been redeveloped into a mall by Solidaire, the construction company owned by the Hariri family. The souks are close to Martyrs Square, the location for many public executions during the Ottoman reign.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Oct 2014

Two women walk up the colorful steps in Mar Mikhael, carrying their shopping.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Oct 2014

Two women walk up the colorful steps in Mar Mikhael, carrying their shopping.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Oct 2014

A close up of restored French architecture in Saifi Village, central Beirut.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Oct 2014

A man relaxing on the balcony of an Ottoman building in Gemmayzeh, that used to be a hotel favored by writers and poets.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
04 Apr 2013

A woman sells vegetables on the sidewalk in Tarik al-Jdeede.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
06 Apr 2013

A typically chaotic tangle of electrical wires that adorn the streets of Beirut.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
06 Apr 2013

A woman previews clothes on display in Hay al-Selom in Dahye.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Sep 2014

Riviera, one of the most popular beaches in Beirut, located in Manara.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Sep 2014

A walk on the maritime ridge near the Pigeon Rocks, Raouche.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Sep 2014

Two men and two veiled women sit on the rocks by the sea in al-Manara.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Nov 2007

A couple enjoy enjoy sitting on the shore of Chekka, North Lebanon.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
06 Jul 2011

The crowd enjoying WHITE nightclub, one of the most popular clubs in Lebanon.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
26 Sep 2014

Marwan prays in the Amir Mansur Assaf mosque, one of the oldest mosques in downtown Beirut.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Oct 2014

Cranes in the construction site in Martyrs Square with the Hariri mosque visible in the background. Martyrs Square is so called because it is the location for many public executions during the Ottoman reign.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Oct 2014

The interior of Beirut Souks in Downtown Beirut. The old Ottoman market has been redeveloped into a mall by Solidaire, the construction company owned by the Hariri family. The souks are close to Martyrs Square, the location for many public executions during the Ottoman reign.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Oct 2014

Renovated old French buildings of Saifi Village on the right, in front of new tower blocks under construction.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Oct 2014

Renovated old French buildings of Saifi Village on the right, in front of new tower blocks under construction.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Oct 2014

The facade is all that is left of this old building near downtown Beirut.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Oct 2014

An old building under reconstruction in the area of Gemmayzeh.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Oct 2014

An old building under reconstruction in the area of Gemmayzeh.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Oct 2014

An old building under reconstruction in the area of Gemmayzeh.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
24 Oct 2014

The Alebergo, a luxury boutique hotel in Achrafiyeh, Beirut, in front of a skyscraper under construction.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
22 Oct 2014

Young people smoking arguileh in Al Qahwa cafe. The cafe is decorated with Ottoman imagery as a symbol of the quality of the Turkish coffee which they serve.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
22 Oct 2014

Young people smoking arguileh in Al Qahwa cafe. The cafe is decorated with Ottoman imagery as a symbol of the quality of the Turkish coffee which they serve.

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Beirut, Lebanon
By TTM Contributor 12
31 Dec 2006

BO18 Club in Quarantina. The club was built in Quarantina, a neighborhood which witnessed some of the worst atrocities in the civil war, as a monument to those who died. It is sunk into the ground like a communal grave and the seats inside were shaped like coffins.