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Photos From Downtown Beirut  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1563 times:

Thought some of you might be interested in seeing my photos of what was known as the "Paris of the Middle East" in the 1960's and early 1970's before the devastating Civil War.

With the reconstruction going very well, it's now being given the name "Pearl of the Middle East."

These photos are just of downtown, but I think you'll like them.

WARNING: There are lots and lots of photos, so dial-up users....beware....

http://www.skyscraperpage.com/forum/showthread.php?s=fff44f5dbcae629626ada2e330520be1&threadid=27052

Let me know if you have any questions or are having problems with the photos loading.

Regards


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1505 times:

Photos are really nice. I by the way also frequented skyscreaperspage some time in the past although I never used the forums and sticked to then active skyscreapers.com forums instead.

BTW, BA, this may be not the best place to ask this, but still:
What is your nationality and where do you live? Your profile seem to say Denver, Colorado (USA) as well as Lebanon, also Palestinian and French flags are available in different places of profile (also words Viva la France). So, are you Lebanese only studying in USA or a for-life emmigrant? Or are you descendant of French parents who moved to Lebanon at the time it was mandate territory of France? Or are you descendant of Palestinians who were exiled from their homeland after the Al Nakba war in 1948? Or are you a cosmopolitan and think that nationality is unimportant?..


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1495 times:

Sonic,

Check your email. I'm a permanent resident of the US. I'm part Turkish and part Lebanese. France is one of my favorite countries. I love Paris and Nice. I also love Switzerland, perhaps I should put a Swiss flag in my profile.

Regards

[Edited 2004-01-27 01:46:21]


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineAsbg From Israel, joined Feb 2000, 538 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1477 times:

I'm really impressed...Beirut looks like an amazing city. It reminds me of a mix between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Some of the older parts of Tel Aviv have European influences like in the photos.

Sam.


User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1462 times:

Are Israeli citizens allowed to travel to Lebanon?


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User currently offlineAsbg From Israel, joined Feb 2000, 538 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1461 times:

Tbar220,

Unfortunately not.
Sam.


User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1454 times:

A very nice-looking city, and those were excellent photographs. Thanks for posting them.


"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1454 times:

At the moment, if you are an Israeli passport holder or any nationality with an Israeli stamp in your passport, you will be denied entry. The only thing you are allowed to do is you can transit, as long as you do not leave the airport and are in the airport no more than 24 hours.

Perhaps one day........

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineAsbg From Israel, joined Feb 2000, 538 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1455 times:

BA,
Are you saying that I won't be able to enter Lebanon with my American passport that says birthplace: Israel?

Sam.


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1453 times:

Asbg,

That's correct.....whether the Lebanese Passport officials will notice your birthplace or not, I'm not sure. Have you visited Israel with your US passport? If so, they will have put an Israeli stamp in your passport on arrival and on departure. The Lebanse Customs officials will check all the visa pages and if they recognize an Israeli stamp, you can't enter Lebanon. Only a 24-hour transit without leaving the airport.

You'll be questioned and held in the airport and put on a flight back to where you came from.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineAsbg From Israel, joined Feb 2000, 538 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1450 times:

Good point!
Is it like that in all the Arab countries?

I know my dad got a passport published for him in the states because his passport it said that it was renewed in the American embassy in Tel Aviv. That's the only was he could visit Dubai.


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1449 times:

Asbg,

It's like that in all Arab countries except Jordan and Egypt which signed peace treaties with Israel.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineAsbg From Israel, joined Feb 2000, 538 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1446 times:

BA,
Israelis can enter Morocco as well,I think in groups only. Other than that if Qaddafi is serious, Libyan Jews would be able to visit Libya in the future.


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1448 times:

I thought I would post the following information about passports and immigration into Lebanon.

The following countries can get a free 1-month visa renewable up to 3-months at the visa desk right before passport control in Beirut International Airport (BEY). Passports must be valid at least 6 months beyond planned duration of stay:

Algeria - Andorra – Antigua and Barbuda – Argentina – Armenia – Australia – Austria – Azerbaijan – The Bahamas – Barbados – Belarus – Belgium – Belize – Bhutan – Brazil – Bulgaria – Canada – Chile – China Rep – Comoros Islands -Costa Rica – Croatia – Cyprus – Denmark – Djibouti - Estonia – Finland – France – Georgia – Germany – Greece – Hong Kong – Iceland – Iraq - Ireland – Italy – Japan - Jordan* – Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan – Latvia – Lithuania – Liechtenstein – Luxembourg – Libya - Macedonia – Macau (S A R) – Malaysia – Malta – Mauritania - Mexico – Moldova – Monaco – Morocco - Netherlands – New Zealand – Norway – Palau – Panama – Peru – Poland – Portugal – Russia – Saint Kitts & Nevis – Saint Vincent & The Grenadines – Samoa – San Marino – Singapore – Slovakia – Slovenia – Somalia - Spain – Sudan - Sweden – Switzerland – Tajikistan – Trinidad & Tobago – Tunisia - Turkmenistan – USA – Ukraine – Uzbekistan – Venezuela – Yemen - Yugoslavia.

*Jordanian passport holders may only get a visa at the airport if their passport shows there nationality number. Otherwise, they need to have a valid visa before going to Lebanon.

Syria and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and United Arab of Emirates) can enter Lebanon without a visa and stay for up to 6 months.

All other nationalities must have a visa before visiting Lebanon.

All passengers must have a non-recoverable round-trip ticket in order to recieve the visa at the airport. The above list only applies to tourist visas. For businesses and other purposes, different restrictions apply.

It's interest how UK passport holders need to apply for a visa before visiting Lebanon...

Asbg,

As you said, Israeli's can only enter Morocco in a group.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineCommander_Rabb From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 771 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1430 times:

As a reminder to American citizens, the Department of State has issued a travel warning on travel to Lebanon.

http://travel.state.gov/lebanon_warning.html

December 4, 2003

This Travel Warning is being updated to remind U.S. citizens of ongoing safety and security concerns in Lebanon. This supersedes the Travel Warning for Lebanon issued May 6, 2003.

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens to consider carefully the risks of travel to Lebanon. U.S. citizens in Lebanon are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut where they may also obtain updated information on travel and security in Lebanon.

If you travel to Lebanon, use caution and enjoy the country.


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

Lebanon is safe for all foreigners as long as they stay away from the Ansar Al-Islam camp. A fanatical group that is basically against everyone but themselves. They hate the Lebanese government....

You will not find any Ansar Al-Islam camps in Beirut. Only around Saida and a few in Sour.

Commander_Rabb,

I find it very interesting how that website doesn't have a travel warning for Sri Lanka which is much more unstable than Lebanon. The Tamil Tiger Rebels there have been causing lots of problems and have targetted foreigners many times.

[Edited 2004-01-27 04:38:24]


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineCommander_Rabb From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 771 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1402 times:

http://travel.state.gov/sri_lanka.html

"Although U.S. citizens have not been specifically targeted, LTTE operations have been planned and executed with the knowledge that Americans and other foreigners might be killed or injured. American citizens traveling or residing in Sri Lanka may be inadvertently caught up in random acts of violence. Travel in restricted areas is dangerous."

There is the warning. You will see it when you scroll down the provided link.

The www.state.gov web site provides up to date travel information for U.S. travelers around the world. I also have access to another government site that provides almost real time information for potential travel by U.S. Government officials but that requires a password and unfortunately I cannot provide that, nor the link.






User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1396 times:

Interesting. Commander_Rabb, what do you do for the government? If you can tell us...

User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

BA,

Thanks for the pics. They give an uncommon view into a city that most Americans find exotic and mysterious.

Still, I'm a little disappointed. Your photos portray a city of modern glass and stone, with nary a hint of the human element that gives life to a metropolis. Were it not for the obvious Islamic influence on the architecture, it could easily be downtown ROC. Could you please post some pics that shows a bit of life taking place beneath the virgin granite and sandstone? (not a criticism, just a wish)



"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

Ah okay....

I didn't notice it.

LHMark,

I'm not sure what you are requesting. The architecure you see is historical. Built mostly between the 1920s and 1940s....

Regards

[Edited 2004-01-27 06:21:04]


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineMarco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

Lebanese architecture is not just centered around Islamic architecture. Lebanese history can be traced back to the Phoenicians, and many other ancient civilizations that have had an important impact on the culture. So, Lebanese architecture is a mixture of both Islamic and Christian/Phoenician/other themes.


Proud to be an Assyrian!
User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1383 times:

BA, I like the photos. I'm just hungry for some people-centric shots  Smile


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1383 times:

Marco,

All of these buildings are not Phoenician. The Phoenician stuff is underneath the ground. It is long gone. If you want to see Phoenician ruins, you go to Sour or Byblos.

A few of the buildings were built in the 1800's by the Ottomans such as the Grand Serail.
Most of the architecture you see in the above photos is neo-French/Ottoman, thus the Islamic arches mixed with the "French feel". Most of the buildings there were built between the 1920's and 1940's.

Regards

[Edited 2004-01-27 06:32:26]


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1381 times:

LHMark,

Oh, you mean not enough people. Downtown is mostly a night spot. You can barely walk around at night in downtown because it is so crowded.

Most people go to the coastline during the day.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1378 times:

I see what you mean, BA.

In the US, it's hard to gauge life in Lebanon, but your photos left me hungry for more. Perhaps that's the mark of a budding journalist.



"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
25 BA : Interesting fact about Beirut is there are 6 layers of "older" Beirut underneath the current Beirut. Beirut is an archeological haven. Many civilizati
26 A330Fan1 : WOW!!! Beirut looks awesome, looks like it's very historic and lots of stuff to see / do!!! VERY good pictures, thanks a bunch -A330Fan1
27 Tbar220 : It looks like a beautiful city. I only wish that as an Israeli, I will someday be allowed to visit this place.
28 Asbg : Where my base is we have a full panoramic view of southern Lebanon. It does look like a beautiful country! Sam.
29 Post contains images Sonic : It probably isn't hard for Israelis to get there, at least ones in the army. They did it so many times in the past... BA, I am very sorry I did not no
30 Post contains images Gc : BA any thoughts on why UK travellers need a visa but USA and Ireland don't ? Maybe if Scotland becomes independant we can be like Ireland and bypass t
31 Asbg : It probably isn't hard for Israelis to get there, at least ones in the army. They did it so many times in the past... As a soldier that serves in that
32 Post contains images Kay : LOL! you got a picture of where I work!! Where it says "UN headquarters in Lebanon"
33 Post contains links BA : Gc, Until November of last year. UK citizens COULD get a visa at the airport. I do not know why they can't anymore. Sri Lanka, Czech Republic, Thailan
34 Leviticus : Hi there BA ! Thanks for the great pics, I have a slight problem maybe you could answer my question. The thing is that I have been wanting to go to L
35 Sonic : Ashg, this was a joke as the smile indicated. I meant many military actions by Israel to Lebanon in the past ("they did it so many times in the PAST")
36 BA : Leviticus, The thing is that I have been wanting to go to Lebanon for quite a while now but as I frequently travel to the United States I am a bit wor
37 Haveric : Looks nice. Too bad they won't let me in.
38 Post contains images Asbg : Sonic, I saw the wink as a sarcastic remark , I was wrong. You were right about Shabaa Farms. Lebanon claims the land belongs to them. Actually, the c
39 MEA310 : Leviticus I as a Lebanese have travelled several times to the US with my Lebanese passport & never had any problems...Not sure about the Syrian stamps
40 Post contains images Leviticus : BA and MEA310, Thanks for the info, maybe I'll take the risk soon then. These friends of yours, did they get the Syrian stamps in their US passports
41 BA : That is very strange Leviticus......I really don't know what to say. If you are a US citizen, you cannot be denied entry from visiting an "axis of evi
42 BA : Not that this is very important, but would anyone be interested in me making a post with pictures of Beirut Airport in the Civil Aviation forum? Beiru
43 Delta767300ER : I enjoyed viewing the photos. Beirut looks like an awesome place to visit. I'm a big fan of the Arab world and I had no idea how nice Beirut was. I am
44 ScarletHarlot : BA, those are fascinating, thank you! I had read that Beirut was beautiful, and your photos confirm that it still is. I noticed a lot of luxury cars o
45 Yyz717 : Amazing photos BA! Thanks for posting!
46 RayChuang : Speaking of which, have they finally demolished that infamous unfinished hotel on the Beirut waterfront that was used as a sniper's nest during the ci
47 BN747 : Great photos BA!!! One question...how late do the bars and nightclubs stay open??? BN747
48 MEA310 : ScarletHarlot Luxury cars are a very common sight in Beirut,ferrari,Hummer,Lamborghini.... but this lineup belongs to Arab tourists,mostly Saudis,alth
49 Post contains links MEA310 : Forgot to mention that if you're interested in reading/seeing more about Beirut,here's the link: http://www.downtownbeirut.com/
50 Post contains links and images BA : RayChuang, I think you are talking about the Hilton. If so, yes the Hilton was demolished 1 and a half years ago and plans are being made to construct
51 Post contains images An-225 : Maybe I should visit Lebanon one of these days, it looks wonderful. Too bad that I want to visit Israel too... so I'll have to just take my Russian pa
52 OD720 : Leviticus, There are thousands of Lebanese who enter the US with visas without any hassle. I'm sure there are as many Syrians with Syrian passports to
53 MEA310 : Thought I'd share with you all the news that Maria Carey is performing in downtown Beirut on Feb.24!!And above all that,Chris De Burgh performed tonig
54 Post contains images Bobrayner : Thought I'd share with you all the news that Maria Carey is performing in downtown Beirut on Feb.24!!And above all that,Chris De Burgh performed tonig
55 BA : Lots of performers are coming to Lebanon these days to do performances.... Regards
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