Beirut Sights and Landmarks Guide, Lebanon
Beirut is one of that Middle Eastern that has managed to mix a touch of modernity and the preservation of culture and history. That is why, even before the times of the civil war, the liberal nature of this city has attracted a good number of tourists every year.
When the smoke of the war has subsided, the world was shocked to see a flourishing city almost turned into ashes. However, with the peace regained, subsequent efforts to rebuild the city were initiated - including saving and restoring those with minimal damage. As of recent, Beirut is once again one of the more popular cities in the Middle East.
Beirut has at least three annual festivals that do not only attract guests but also delight the locals. During the months of March and April for over a period of two weeks, the Cinéma Métropolis in Masrah Al Madina shows only French films in connection to the Festival du cinéma francophone. Some months later in July, the Beirut International Jazz Festival brings famous jazz musicians from all over Beirut play good music for about two weeks in the marina area. In October, the Beirut International Film Festival is a time for the best Middle Eastern and French film to converge bringing about famous stars from these parts of the globe. A more contemporary festival is the Bacardi Night. Organized by the Mix FM, it brings the best DJ’s from around the world for a summer of great music and mixing by the beach. Of course, the beach party every Sunday of the summer months known as the One Big Sunday is a must-go party in various resorts and beaches.
Of course, the Beirut landmarks are just there anytime of the year for anybody’s fascination. The Pigeon Rocks, a monumental natural arch in the Mediterranean, provides perfect scenery for viewing the sea while enjoying a cup of coffee in the shops lining the shore. The Solidére Clock Tower, a famous installation built in the early 20th century, has suffered from the war but restored for the viewing pleasure of everyone. Likewise, the Martyr's Statue, a testament of the Lebanese heroism found in the downtown Martyr Square, is one sight that is hard to miss. If in Beirut for business, a little fun along the way is a good distraction. If in the city for pure fun, the choices are endless, so prepare to be wowed by the grandeur of the scenery and sights.
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