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Last updated: June 24, 2013

A trip through Beirut’s past

Banner Icon Take a look at some of our favourite photos from the blog Old Beirut, which preserves the memory of the capital "one image at a time."

If there’s one thing we know for sure about the Lebanese, it’s that many of them never forget their roots. And even if they wanted to—how could they? Nostalgia hides behind every corner. In Beirut, the city stands a living monument to its own past. Roman columns rise alongside the ultra-modern in Parliament Square. Glitzy new apartment buildings coexist with pockmarked old houses once just as glitzy and new.

The nostalgia is unmistakable in the pages of Old Beirut, a photo blog run by Bilal El Houri. Hoping to preserve Beirut’s old treasures “one image at a time,” El Houri collects photographs from the nineteenth century on into the 1970s. As the city changes, Old Beirut reminds us where it came from. More than that, it encourages us to bring El Houri’s preservation project to the streets.







Raya Saksouk
Raya is a student at the University of Michigan, specializing in international security, norms, and cooperation. You can follow her on Tumblr at arabious.tumblr.com. Raya is currently an intern at Your Middle East.
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