Ya Beirut, you smile at life. And life smiles back at you. We feel it, when people walk down your streets. We see it, when children laugh and giggle. We hear it in the early merchants’ ‘Kaaak kaak!’ who never seem to give up on zaatar and cheese. Cheese! You smile at the photographers. Tourists capture your mysterious looks and youngsters hold your soul on their Instagram accounts. Beirut… How many facets you have?…
The old and the new
History is resumed in the heart of the city. Destroyed constructions and new structures. Every single building tells a story. Broken walls and burned houses have witnessed tears and fears, all through the years. Not only do the buildings reveal the scars left by civil wars… but also, Beirut hold in her wombs old typical buildings, architectural constructions with a soul…
Nature and cityscape
Being Lebanon’s capital and historical symbol, Beirut is by default a city… But still. It holds a sacred place for nature and embraces its charms. Beirut hippodrome, Horsh Al Snoubar, waterfront, Rawshe, Beirut’s infinite sea… Moreover, the trees decorating Beirut’s streets give the city a particular and positively peculiar green touch. This nature call goes in pair with Beirut’s cityscape. Modern architecture, new centers, embassies, all city aspects are centralized in Beirut.
Houses and tall buildings
Beside the war-ravaged edifices, there are also the homes that keep behind their wide windows the stories of old times and people as well as today’s new energy and vibrant life. After its makeover, Beirut is also the city of new buildings, environmental structures, well-being centers, new souks, and crowded pubs. Beirut is born again, out of its ashes and combines the past and the present times in a one sole whole inviting and captivating city.
“Nothing is very constant in Beirut. Certainly not dreams. But despair isn’t constant either. Beirut is a city to be loved and hated a thousand times a day. Every day. It is exhausting, but it is also beautiful.” Nasri Atallah (blogger, author of Our Man in Beirut)
It might be this inconstancy that keeps Beirut going, evolving or traveling back in time, adopting Beirut Souks concept with modern art exhibitions and latest trends or Souk Al Tayeb with the smell of the past and the taste of grandmas’ food. Beirut is all of that. The belonging to a sacred past and the longing for a futuristic freedom. Beirut is free in its constructions, status… and soul.