The rest of us had nothing to do but look at the beautiful city of Beirout, with its bright, new houses nestled among a wilderness of green shrubbery spread abroad over an upland that sloped gently down to the sea; and also at the mountains of Lebanon that environ it; and likewise to bathe in the transparent blue water that rolled its billows about the ship (we did not know there were sharks there). We had also to range up and down through the town. (..) A young gentleman (I believe he was a Greek) volunteered to show us around the city, and said it would afford him great pleasure, because he was studying English and wanted practice in that language.
Mark Twain - The Innocents Abroad - 1869
Pigeon Rocks - 2
Old and New Manar (Lighthouse) at the beginning of Corniche Manara
Restaurants at the New Manar
Diver at Corniche Manara on April 13, 2018
Anglers at Corniche Manara
The only surviving part of Zawiyat Ibn Iraq (1517)
(left) Emir Assaf Mosque (1597); (right) minaret of Emir Munzer Mosque (ca 1630)
American University of Beirut Campus (1870s)
Beirut Souks (2009)
Zaitunay Bay and Hotel Phoenicia (2014)
A 1930s building which is about to be demolished to make room for more Beirut Souks
The image used as background for this page is based on the modern coat of arms of the City of Beirut: it shows a ship carrying an open book, a reference to the law school of Berytus.
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