Downtown Beirut: Before & After

I was looking through some old Beirut pictures on SkyscraperCity and found a cool shot of Martyrs’ Square [DownTown Beirut].

The old picture really captures the essence of pre-civil war Downtown Beirut, which was very vibrant, full of life, and different from the current D.T.

Here’s the old pic of Martyr’s square.

Downtown Beirut - before the war

And here’s the picture I recently took from that same angle.

What a difference.

Downtown Beirut 2010

Pre-war Beirut pic source

6 thoughts on “Downtown Beirut: Before & After

  1. Ekios August 23, 2010 / 8:03 pm

    Life, then no more life. Ahhhh Lebanon … “snif”

    • BeirutBoy August 23, 2010 / 9:04 pm

      I donno if Downtown Beirut will ever be like it was in the sixties and seventies (before 1975 of course).

      We can only hope.

      I would do anything to be present in that “before the war” picture!

  2. Ekios August 23, 2010 / 9:15 pm

    You would be even more disapointed then by the actual result my friend :S

  3. yasmine August 24, 2010 / 10:27 am

    I think the reason there was life was because it wasn’t built with a target at only tourism, but actual daily life. People had stores and homes – now, the chic apartments in Saifi only go to those that can afford the extreme prices and DT is just a tourist attraction if anything more.

    • BeirutBoy August 24, 2010 / 7:54 pm

      U make a gr8 point Yasmine.

      • yasmine August 25, 2010 / 8:50 am

        Thank you =) but it’s only stating facts.

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