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Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, is mentioned as early as 1400 before Christ. Beirut has thus a long and fascinating history. In 1894 a modern harbour was bulit, and Beirut was the most important port in the Near East until 1975.
The Pidgeon Rocks, one of the few wonders of nature in Beirut
Lebanon became independent in 1941 with Beirut as its capital.
Lebanon is a small country (about 10.000 squarekms) at the eastern shore of the Mediterranian See north of Israel and west of Syria. The population is about 4.000.000, of which about one third live in the Beirut area. The gross domestic product is about 5000 USD per capita.
During the civil war in the 1970ies and 1980ies Beirut was largely destroyed. Tourism, once very important for this city, suffered severely and the banking system serving most of the Near East collapsed.
The hotel capacity in Beirut is now good, with all kinds of hotels from luxury apartments to small cozy hostelries. So, once again, Beirut is a nice place to visit and a nice place to stay in.
April 26, 2007