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A walk on Abdel Wahab el Inglizi Street

Abdel Wahab el Inglizi Street is one of the most beautiful historic streets in Beirut.

Mixing old houses from the French Mandate era with contemporary buildings creates an interesting streetscape.

The art deco mansions date back to the 1920s, when Lebanon was under the French Mandate and the architecture style definitely reveals the European influence through the facades, colorful shutters and elegant balconies. Walking down the street, you feel as if you are in a French provincial town.

It was also the French who named the street “Abdel Wahab el Inglizi” – after the Lebanese intellectual and nationalist who was, along with others, hung in 1915 in today’s Martyr’s square after revolting against Ottoman rule in Lebanon. 

The street has also been the scene of a vibrant cultural scene, being a hotspot for musicians and artists in the 1970s.

Today, Abdel Wahab el Inglizi is the ideal place for an afternoon stroll and a delightful evening meal in one of the street’s charming restaurants.