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Beirut (Arabic: بيروت‎, Bayrūt) is the capital and largest city of Lebanon with a population of over 2.1 million as of 2007. Located on a peninsula at the midpoint of Lebanon's coastline with the Mediterranean sea, it serves as the country's largest and main seaport and also forms the Beirut District area, which consists of the city and its suburbs. The first mention of this metropolis is found in the ancient Egyptian Tell el Amarna letters, dating to the 15th century BC, and the city has been continuously inhabited over the centuries since.

Beirut holds Lebanon's seat of government and plays a central role in the Lebanese economy with its Downtown, Hamra, Verdun, and Ashrafieh based corporate firms and banks. The city is also the focal point of the region's cultural life, renowned for its press, theaters, cultural activities, and night life. After the destructive Lebanese civil war, Beirut underwent major reconstruction, and the redesigned historic city center, marina, pubs and nightlife districts have once again rendered it a popular tourist attraction. Beirut was named the number one Place to Visit in 2009 by The New York Times. It was also listed as one of the top ten liveliest cities in the world by the Lonely Planet list of the top ten cities for 2009.

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J'adoooooooore cette ville!!! Ana Bhib Lebnan Kteer!!
 

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Le souk





 

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Antalias et Jounieh depuis la corniche

 

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I agree Ducksauce, but I hope that Algiers will recognize and celebrate its architects and designers the same way it is done in Beirut.

 

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Juste en face du vieil Holiday Inn et de l'Intercontinental Phoenicia, l'Hotel St-Georges, dont le proprietaire est mort empeche par les gens de Solidere de terminer son projet de renovation.



 

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Je reve d'un front de mer oranais a la libanaise, magnifiques photos AAEORD
 
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