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    • Day 5

      5. Day Beirut II

      September 6, 2022 in Lebanon ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      The National Museum of Beirut currently exhibits 1300 artifacts from its collection of approximately 100,000 objects. The museum displays follow a chronological circuit beginning in Prehistory and ending in the Ottoman era.Read more

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      5. Day Beirut VII

      September 6, 2022 in Lebanon ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      The invention of the Phoenician Alphabet, the prototype for all alphabets in the world, is the most significant contribution that Lebanon has made to the whole of humanity. The new system, immediately adopted by all nations, gradually gained ground in all fields in the human sciences, including religious matters, in science and in culture. As one Lebanese thinker has said, today's digital inventions would not have been achieved without the alphabet.

      Owing to their cultural and economic links with the two major powers at the time, Egypt and Mesopotamia, Phoenicians used both of these nations' writing systems (hieroglyphs and cuneiforms) at the same time; in the thirteenth century B.C., they proceeded by analogy to invent their own alphabet, which then spread quickly throughout both the western and eastern worlds.
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      5. Day Beirut VIII

      September 6, 2022 in Lebanon ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      The Mohammed al-Amin Mosque is a Sunni mosque in Beirut and the Friday Mosque of the Lebanese capital.

      The construction of the mosque was commissioned by the then Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who also laid its foundation stone in 2003. Hariri, however, did not live to see its completion in 2007 and was buried nearby. On 17 October 2008, the Mohammed al-Amin Mosque was inaugurated by Saad Hariri, one of his sons.

      The last two pictures show the gravesite of Rafik Hariri and his followers who died in the assassination.
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      5. Day Beirut IX

      September 6, 2022 in Lebanon ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Saint George is a church building of the Maronite Church in Beirut. It is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Beirut and thus the seat of the archbishop.

      The Maronite Cathedral of Saint George was built between 1884 and 1894 in the classicist style. The church was opened on Palm Sunday 1894 and was built as a basilica with a nave and two aisles separated by two rows of columns. The interior of the church was modelled on the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.

      During the Lebanese Civil War from 1975 onwards, the church was considerably damaged and looted. After the end of the war, the church was extensively renovated. Several works of art that had been lost through looting were recovered. After years of renovation, Saint George's Cathedral was rededicated by Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir on 24 April 2000.
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    • Day 5

      5. Day Beirut X

      September 6, 2022 in Lebanon ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      The Place de l'Étoile is a square in the city centre of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. It is surrounded by important political and religious buildings.

      The square was laid out in the 1920s when the French decided to destroy the old, unhealthy souks and build streets to make the city centre a healthy, modern area. Today the square is entirely pedestrianised. In the middle stands the Clock Tower, built in 1934. The square is 500 metres from the port of Beirut. Six streets, including Maarad Street, give access to the square, to the north, west and south, forming a five-pointed star. There is no street to the east. There is the St George's Orthodox Cathedral, seat of the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan, built in 1772. A museum is open directly under the cathedral. To the north of the cathedral is the Italian Embassy. The west side is bordered by the Lebanese Parliament. Shops and cafes and the Art Deco building of Assicurazioni Generali, topped by a lion statue, also face the square.

      Saint George's Cathedral is a church building of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch in Beirut. It is the seat of the Metropolitan. An archaeological museum has been established below the church. The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George is the oldest church building still standing in Beirut.
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      5. Day Beirut XI

      September 6, 2022 in Lebanon ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Martyrs' Square historically known as "Al Burj" or "Place des Cannons", is the historical central public square.

      Like the Martyr's Square in Damascus, it is named after the 6 May 1916 executions ordered by Djemal Pasha during World War I.

      Martyrs' Day is a Syrian and Lebanese national holiday commemorating the Syrian and Lebanese nationalists executed in Damascus and Beirut on 6 May 1916 by Jamal Pasha, also known as 'Al Jazzar' or 'The Butcher', the Ottoman wāli of Greater Syria. They were executed in both the Marjeh Square in Damascus and Burj Square in Beirut. Both plazas have since been renamed Martyrs' Square.

      Seven Arabs in Damascus and fourteen in Beirut for alleged anti-Turkish activities.
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      5. Day Beirut XII

      September 6, 2022 in Lebanon ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

      The vibrant areas of Gemmayzeh and Mar Mikhaël are home to some of the best restaurants and bars. I went there in the evening with my cousins and drank a lot, laughed and had a good time together.

      Oh, and typical for Beirut, the electricity is of course out for a short time.

      The bill on the last picture is an example of the extent to which inflation has reached in Lebanon. What would have been a bill of over $1,000 four years ago is now a bill of €60.
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    • Day 5

      5. Day Beirut I

      September 6, 2022 in Lebanon ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      On day 5, I had finished all my family visits and we could finally get back to what we enjoy. Visiting museums, getting to know the city and its people, in short, the historical and cultural.

      The first museum we went to was the National Museum in Beirut, which surprisingly impressed us a lot. It is very beautiful and contains many well-preserved exhibits.Read more

    • Day 2

      Sidon, Maghdouche en Tyre

      May 8 in Lebanon ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

      Na het ontbijt hebben we water gehaald en omdat het toch wel warm is, heb ik in de shop aan de overkant van het hotel een t-shirt gekocht. Hopelijk is mijn bagage vanmiddag op Beirut Airport, want anders moet ik nog wat andere kleding kopen.
      Om 9:30 vetrekken we richting Sidon, maar eerst hebben we een tussenstop bij de Bay Rock, hier komt de geldwissellaar om ervoor te zorgen dat we Euro's in Libanese Ponden en Dollars kunnen wisselen. We zijn gelijk miljonair, want 100 euro is 9 miljoen Libanese Ponden.
      In Sidon bezoeken we een 13-eeuws kruisvaarders kasteel, gelegen in het water. Hierna rijden we naar Tyre, waar we opgravingen uit de 10e eeuw voor Christus bezoeken. Een heel indrukwekkend geheel.
      Hierna is het tijd voor de lunch. In Sidon staat een heerlijke lunch voor ons klaar, heel veel lekker eten, met humus, groente, gebakken aubergine, en nog veel meer lekkers. Hierna even pootje baaien, we zijn tenslotte aan de Middellandse Zee. Helaas heb ik nog steeds een spijkerbroek aan, ik sla hem nog een beetje om, maar een flinke golf vanachteren zorgt voor een behoorlijke natte broek.
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    • Day 13


      December 3, 2021 in Lebanon ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Lebanon's largest city and capital is, like most cities in this region, a former important Phoenician city and port. It has been inhabited for at least 5,000 years, and had been known as the Paris of the Middle East.
      In recent years the history had been far more tragic, from 15 years of civil war to the bombing of the marine barracks to the explosion at the port just a few months ago. Yet even with all that, it is still a lovely city in a beautiful and safe country. I can continue to say that have not felt threatened or unsafe anywhere in my travels.
      The 1st picture is St. George's Maronite Cathedral that dates to the late 19th century. It is based on Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. While there, I heard the afternoon Muslim call to prayer. The 2nd picture is taken from the door of St. George's, looking at the mosque next door. This is Lebanon today: Muslim, Christian, Druze and even a small population of Jewish people living together. I love it.
      The mosque was financed by Rafik Hariri before he was assassinated and then completed by his son.
      The 3rd picture is Martyrs' Square, the central square of Beirut. It is named for those killed by the Ottomans in world war 1.
      The 4th picture is the I love Beirut sign with an ancient Muslim prayer hall in the background.
      The 5th picture is Pigeon Rocks, a well known formation located at the western extreme of the peninsula Beirut is located on. The picture is taken from the corniche, the very beautiful seaside walk. One legend says that these rocks are the remains of the sea monster Perseus killed to saved Andromeda.
      The 6th picture is a glance at the devastation resulting from the explosion on 4 August. This was taken from the road along the coast and doesn't capture the damage across the road. I admit, it's ugly.
      In spite of all that, Beirut remains a vibrant city. Like all of Lebanon, it is worth a visit
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