The following images and text were copied from a Powerpoint attachment to an email forwarded by Ray Close on 4/6/2013. Enjoy this glimpse of a magical Beirut that is no more…
Sent: Sat, Apr 6, 2013 1:38 pm
Subject: Very Rare Pictures of Beirut
My brother sent me these. I thought they will bring back good memories.
Horsh Beirut 1889
Beirut – Ein El Mreisseh in 1890: college hall in AUB (upper right) was already built..with its clock tower
Sahat Al Bourj (now Martyrs’ Square), 1890
Beirut train station in 1896
Beirut train station 2008
Gemmayzeh near Sahat Al Bourj, circa 1900
Hawd El Wilayeh school, 1900
Port of Beirut, 1909
Beirut horch (pine wood), 1914
Bab Essaraya 1920: Hotel Le Gray now near annahar Building
The wall of Beirut, 1911. The remains of the wall of Beirut near what is now Riad Solh sq, the Area was still called by the Beirutis Assour or Al-sour (the wall) until 1975
Rue de Douyane – Orosdi Beick Department Store 1912
Rue Georges Picot, 1920 : Where the Starco Center is now, It used to be the Collège Protestant.
Rue Weygand, corner Foch, 1930 : you can see Municipality of Beirut at the right side and the Masjid Al-Omari at left side
Sahat Al Bourj, now Martyrs’ square, circa 1930
Bourj/Martyrs square, 1935
Emir Bechir st. 1937 Ahwet El Ejez on the right corner
Place des Martyrs, 1942
A Christian and a Muslim Lebanese women holding hands. This monument was removed after the construction of the Martyrs Monument in the 50’s
Bab Idriss, 1945
Nejmeh Square, 1950 : View toward Maarad st. and Hussein El-Ahdab st.
Crossroads rue Maurice Barrès, rue de l’armée & rue du Patriarche Hoayek, 1952: Grand Sérail on the right, Armenian church in the middle, Anglican church on the left.
Beirut Municipality, 1952
Ain Mraisseh, 1953 Students demonstration John Kennedy Ave
Horsh – Hyppodrome 1954
Souk elKandarjieh 1955
entrance of Souk elArman1955
Verdun (now building where are Sipes, Alain Aflelou and Jammal trust Bank) 1958
Rebels in Basta, 1958. A Lebanese tradition
Lebanese Army on Bliss st. near IC, 1958
Airport road, 1958 replaced now by illegal construction
Beirut Intl. airport in 1960
Phoenicia Hotel under construction, 1961
Phoenicia Hotel inaugurated, 1964
3attarein Street – Beirut Souk, 1965
Corner of Allenby street & Souk El-Joukh 1965
Nejmeh Square, 1965
Going to Basta from Riad Solh square in 1965.
Beirut, 1974: Lebanese Jewish students coming back from the Alliance Israélite school.
Ain tineh 1974
Carlton Hotel (Raouche) 1974
Riad El-Solh sq, 1974
Nejmeh Square, 1974 : notice that the El-Abd clock tower was moved in the late 60’s to Corniche Al Nahr in order to make place to Roman ruins.
From 1975 time stopped……… and memories weren’t needed anymore