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Old November 11th, 2011, 01:22 AM   #1
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Lebanon / Beirut - October 2011

Beirut...
















































Kadisha Valley, Bcharre, Mar Lichaa:












Beirut at sunset, Downtown and Corniche:
















Baalbek:










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Beirut from above (Jounieh, Our Lady of Lebanon, 650m)








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Old November 11th, 2011, 01:26 AM   #2
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Fantastic images - very appealing, and surprisingly modern, amidst spectacular heritage.

Can you tell us something about the temple & the ruins?
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Old November 11th, 2011, 03:49 AM   #3
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nice shots of a beautiful country.
how I wish I can see these specially those ruins in Baalbek.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 05:01 AM   #4
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Absolutely love this. We don't often get to see amazing cities like Beruit. Please keep posting if you have more pictures. Street scenes with people would be great too.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 05:58 PM   #5
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Fantastic images - very appealing, and surprisingly modern, amidst spectacular heritage.

Can you tell us something about the temple & the ruins?
Thanks!

Thats Baalbek in the Beqaa Valley in the North East of the country. Its one of the biggest Roman sites in the Near East and the Bacchustemple one of the best preserved in the world. It was built at around 100 AD. The size of the temples and the whole area is breathtaking.

I am always amazed that the Roman Empire extended not only through Baalbek, but also to Vienna, Cologne or England. Unbelievable!

It was odd to visit this formerly sacred Roman site, Jupiter, Bacchus and other gods were worshipped here, while in the background hearing very loud muslim prayers shouted from the mosques. Unfortunately I dont speak arabic but it sounded not as the normal muslim prayer but some agressive political statement - I asked one guy on the site what it is about and he told me its apparently a feud between two mosques that shouted back and force. The town is a center of the shiite hisbollah movement.

The site itself was very empty, apart from one or two groups, I was alone in the middle of these Roman temples. Simply breathtaking!
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Old November 11th, 2011, 06:26 PM   #6
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Indeed very nice photos from Beirut
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It was odd to visit this formerly sacred Roman site, Jupiter, Bacchus and other gods were worshipped here, while in the background hearing very loud muslim prayers shouted from the mosques. Unfortunately I dont speak arabic but it sounded not as the normal muslim prayer but some agressive political statement - I asked one guy on the site what it is about and he told me its apparently a feud between two mosques that shouted back and force. The town is a center of the shiite hisbollah movement.

The site itself was very empty, apart from one or two groups, I was alone in the middle of these Roman temples. Simply breathtaking!
I can imagine your ambivalent feelings while you were there by yourself
admiring the ruins but a little thoughtful about this feud. Seemingly, there
can't be a total peace among these groups.
The renovations and reconstructions in Beirut is really amazing, however,
from the photos, there are still few buildings which are still carrying the
brunt of the last war. Have "they" decided to let these buildings be as
a reminder or is there any plans to eventually reconstruct like the rest?
Can anybody on the know answer these?
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Old November 11th, 2011, 09:44 PM   #8
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I can imagine your ambivalent feelings while you were there by yourself
admiring the ruins but a little thoughtful about this feud. Seemingly, there
can't be a total peace among these groups.
The renovations and reconstructions in Beirut is really amazing, however,
from the photos, there are still few buildings which are still carrying the
brunt of the last war. Have "they" decided to let these buildings be as
a reminder or is there any plans to eventually reconstruct like the rest?
Can anybody on the know answer these?
I do not think they will be kept as a memory, it just costs a lot of money to demolish them.

The reconstruction in Beirut is amazing!!! They have rebuilt almost the entire downtown and it feels like walking thru an European city. The reconstruction is really a wonder. Compared to that the reconstruction in Berlin for example is nothing! There is so much money in Lebanon...the cars, the shops, malls, the houses...crazy and beautiful country.
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Old November 12th, 2011, 03:38 AM   #9
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Nice pictures.
But what is that "Blablabla"-sign about?
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Old November 12th, 2011, 06:47 AM   #10
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Nice, thanks for sharing your pics of Beirut...
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Old November 12th, 2011, 02:12 PM   #11
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Very good pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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Old November 12th, 2011, 04:44 PM   #12
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Awesome photos!
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Old November 12th, 2011, 08:39 PM   #13
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Nice pictures.
But what is that "Blablabla"-sign about?
That was in a monastery in Qadisha valley to tell people that they should be quiet on the premises of the monastery.

I loved that sign because sometimes I feel like showing it to people that just cant stop talking :-).
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Old November 13th, 2011, 12:41 AM   #14
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Beirut looks great. That's one of few cities in this part of the world I'd actually want to visit. Thanks for sharing your photos, Skyland.
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